Title: HK notified by China Mainland of 83 human cases of avian influenza H7N9 infection with 25 deaths.
Subject: Avian Influenza, H7N9 subtype, human cases in China.
Source: Centre for Health Protection, Hong Kong PRC SAR, full page: (LINK).
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CHP notified of human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Mainland
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (January 9) received notification from the National Health and Family Planning Commission that 83 additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9), including 25 deaths, were recorded last month.
The CHP again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.
The 54 male and 29 female patients aged from 23 to 91 from:
- Jiangsu (52 cases),
- Zhejiang (21 cases),
- Anhui (nine cases) and
- Fujian (one case) had their onset from November 22 to December 29, 2016.
Among them, 58 reported exposure to poultry or poultry market while the source of infection of 17 cases was under investigation.
In addition, the CHP is closely monitoring an additional human H7N9 case in Jiangxi yesterday (January 8).
According to the Health and Family Planning Commission of Jiangxi Province, the female patient aged 55 from Yichun was hospitalised in Nanchang in critical condition.
The Guizhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported an additional case affecting a female patient aged 49 from Sandu involved in poultry selling who was hospitalised in critical condition.
"Most human cases occurred in winter and spring while disease activity was low in summer and autumn. From 2013 to date, 900 human cases have been reported by the Mainland health authorities, 125 of which have been recorded from November 2016 thus far," a spokesman for the CHP said.
"While local surveillance, prevention and control measures are in place, we will remain vigilant and work closely with the World Health Organization and relevant health authorities to monitor the latest developments," the spokesman said.
The public may visit the CHP's pages for more information:
- the avian influenza page,
- the weekly Avian Influenza Report, global statistics and affected areas of avian influenza,
- the Facebook Page and
- the YouTube Channel.
Ends/Monday, January 9, 2017 / Issued at HKT 17:34 / NNNN
Keywords: China; HK PRC SAR; Updates; H7N9; Avian Influenza; Human; Guizhou; Jiangxi; Jiangsu; Zhejiang; Anhui; Fujian.