Thursday, January 28, 2016

H7N9 Case Reports From Guangdong & Zhejiang Province

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H7N9 reports continue to dribble out of China with reports today from Hong Kong's CHP and from the Xinhua News agency alerting us to two cases, one from Guangdong Province and the other from Zhejiang.

As discussed many times before, many Chinese provinces only release information in EOM epidemiology reports, and so we often learn about their cases weeks after the fact. 

First from Hong Kong's CHP and announcement of two cases (the Hunan case I reported yesterday), but with a new case from Guangdong Province as well.

28 January 2016

CHP closely monitors two additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Mainland 

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (January 28) closely monitoring two additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in the Mainland, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

According to the Health and Family Planning Commission (HFPC) of Guangdong Province and the HFPC of Hunan Province, the 74-year-old male patient lived in Meizhou, Guangdong, while another 33-year-old male patient, with poultry contact history, lived in Yongzhou, Hunan. 

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The second case, reported by Xinhua News, contains a bit more detail.

New human H7N9 case reported in east China

Source: Xinhua   2016-01-28 17:31:12     [More]

HANGZHOU, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Another human H7N9 avian flu case has been confirmed in east China's Zhejiang Province, several other provinces have also reported cases this winter.

The patient is a 59-year-old woman from Gaoxin District in Shaoxing City, she has been hospitalized, according to the Municipal Health and Family Planning Commission on Thursday.

The patient had purchased a hen from Dahutou Village and had killed it herself, according to the commission.

Sporadic human H7N9 cases have been reported in Shanghai, Hunan, Guangdong and Fujian. There have been two fatalities, one in Zhejiang and another in Guangdong.

H7N9 is a bird flu strain first reported to have infected humans in March 2013 in China. It is most likely to strike in winter and spring.