Title: #HK CHP notified of fifty-seven #human cases of #influenza #H7N9 in #China in the 2nd half of January.
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 (February 3) received notification from the National Health and Family Planning Commission that 57 additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9), including nine deaths, were recorded from January 16 to 29.
The CHP strongly urges the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.
The 45 male and 12 female patients aged from 26 to 84 had their onset from January 4 to 29.
The cases were from:
- Jiangsu (13 cases),
- Guangdong (10 cases),
- Zhejiang (eight cases),
- Hunan (seven cases),
- Jiangxi (seven cases),
- Anhui (six cases),
- Fujian (four cases) and
- one case each in Hubei and Sichuan.
Among them, 32 reported exposure to poultry or poultry markets while the source of infection of 21 cases was still under investigation.
"Since November 2016, the Mainland health authorities have already recorded 298 human H7N9 cases thus far. We would also like to remind the public that human H7N9 cases continue to occur in neighbouring Guangdong and the positive percentage for H7 virus of environmental samples is substantial. We again urge the public to pay special attention to health risks of the places of visit," 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.
Keywords: HK PRC SAR; Updates; H7N9; Avian Influenza; Human; China; Jiangsu; Guangdong; Zhejiang; Hunan; Jiangxi; Anhui; Fujian; Hubei; Sichuan.