With all of the caveats regarding the accuracy of surveillance and reporting I wrote about yesterday in Egypt: The Bird Flu Beat Goes On . . ., we have our first H7N9 notification of 2015 out of Guangdong Province, posted on Hong Kong’s CHP website.
Compared to the first two waves of H7N9, this time around we seem to be getting fewer details released on the patient and circumstances of infection, not the least of which is the onset date.
About all the CHP notification tells us about this case is that it concerns a 6 year-old female, who is hospitalized in in stable condition.
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (January 5) closely monitoring an additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Shenzhen notified by the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province (GDHFPC), and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.
According to the GDHFPC, the female patient aged 6 was hospitalised for isolation and management in stable condition.
To date, 456 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported by the Mainland health authorities, respectively in Zhejiang (141 cases), Guangdong (113 cases), Jiangsu (59 cases), Shanghai (42 cases), Hunan (24 cases), Fujian (23 cases), Anhui (17 cases), Jiangxi (eight cases), Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (eight cases), Beijing (five cases), Shandong (five cases), Henan (four cases), Guangxi (three cases), Jilin (two cases), Guizhou (one case) and Hebei (one case).
We learn little more from the Guangdong Province Ministry of Health and Family Planning announcement.
2015-01-05 17:11:35 Ministry of Health and Family Planning |
Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province January 5 briefing, Shenzhen reported one case of mild cases of influenza H7N9.
Patients with a tube, female, 6 years old, now living Longhua District. January 5 diagnosed cases of H7N9 influenza, currently stable condition, the symptoms without fever, pneumonia, Shenzhen designated hospitals in isolation.
Longhua District closed one week since December 31, 2014 from the region live bird markets.
Experts remind that the winter season, the province entered the high incidence of H7N9 influenza, the risk of sporadic cases of influenza H7N9 exists. Studies have shown that live animal markets, especially in the retail market is exposed to risk factors for H7N9 flu. Experts advise people to come back from the live animal markets must wash their hands, once the fever appears, cough, sore throat, general malaise and other respiratory symptoms should seek immediate medical attention and inform the doctor if there is a live bird market exposure history.
Additional details will hopefully be included in the next official notification to the World Health Organization.