Title: #HK CHP notified of 61 new #human cases of #influenza #H7N9 in #China [Feb. 6-12 ‘17].
Subject: Avian Influenza, H7N9 subtype, epidemiological situation 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 (February 16) received notification from the National Health and Family Planning Commission that 61 additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9), including seven deaths, were recorded from February 6 to 12.
The CHP strongly urges the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.
The 43 male and 18 female patients aged from 22 to 85 had their onset from January 6 to February 8.
The cases were from:
- Hubei (11 cases),
- Zhejiang (10 cases),
- Jiangsu (nine cases),
- Guangdong (seven cases),
- Anhui (six cases),
- Hunan (six cases),
- Fujian (five cases),
- Jiangxi (five cases), and
- one case each in Shandong and Yunnan.
Among them, 25 reported exposure to poultry or poultry markets while the source of infection of 35 cases was still under investigation.
In addition, the CHP is closely monitoring one additional human H7N9 case reported in Beijing.
According to the Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning, a male patient aged 48 with exposure to poultry had onset in Xingcheng City, Liaoning. He was then sent to Beijing for treatment and is now in serious condition.
"The number of human H7N9 cases reported in the Mainland has also hugely increased since the end of last year, with 419 cases recorded since last November.
‘’The number of cases in this wave so far has been much higher than that in the same period last winter.
‘’This shows that the situation is abnormal.
‘’Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan also found cases imported from Guangdong," a spokesman for the CHP 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/Thursday, February 16, 2017 / Issued at HKT 15:53 / NNNN
Keywords: HK PRC SAR; Updates; China; H7N9; Avian Influenza; Human.