Title: China reported so far this season 365 human cases of H7N9 influenza according Taiwan’s CDC.
Subject: Avian Influenza, H7N9 subtype, widespread activity across China.
Source: Taiwan Center for Disease Control and Prevention, full page: (LINK). Article in Chinese, edited.
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Chinese mainland will continue to report H7N9 human cases in the near future, people should avoid contact with birds and access to live poultry market
Chinese mainland recent H7N9 number of cases continues to increase, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces are among the worst hit; annual Lantern Festival would mean birds contacts more frequent, suggesting that the epidemic will continue for some time.
The Commission reminds people who plan to travel to mainland China and local Taiwanese businessmen to pay attention to personal hygiene and diet and avoid contact with birds and poultry markets to reduce the risk of infection.
Chinese mainland last week added 56 human H7N9 influenza cases, mostly in Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui; other cases have been reported in Yunnan and Beijing; the Beijing Case moved from Hebei Province.
Since last november thus far accumulated 365 human cases of H7N9 influenza in:
- Jiangsu Province, 115 cases
- Zhejiang Province, 65 cases,
- Guangdong Province, 41 cases and
- Anhui Province, 39 cases;
The worst affected age group is 50 years old an older; most of the patients had exposure to birds, or to live poultry market before disease onset.
The cumulative number of cases this season has exceeded last year, although some provinces have closed their live poultry market as mitigation measures, but the annual leave to the Lantern Festival during the increase in demand for poultry, poultry contact closely, suggesting that the epidemic will continue for some time.
Keywords: China; Taiwan; H7N9; Avian Influenza; Human.