Title: #HK CHP notified of forty-five #human cases of #influenza #H7N9 in #China.
Subject: Influenza H7N9, epidemic 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 10) received notification from the National Health and Family Planning Commission that 45 additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) were recorded from January 30 to February 5.
The CHP strongly urges the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.
The 31 male and 14 female patients aged from 27 to 83 had their onset from January 16 to February 1.
The cases were from:
- Zhejiang (12 cases),
- Jiangsu (10 cases),
- Anhui (six cases),
- Fujian (five cases),
- Guangdong (four cases),
- Hubei (four cases),
- Jiangxi (three cases), and
- one case in Sichuan.
Among them, 15 reported exposure to poultry or poultry markets while the source of infection of 30 cases was still under investigation.
In addition, the CHP is closely monitoring an additional human H7N9 case reported in Yunnan yesterday (February 9). According to the Health and Family Planning Commission of Yunnan Province, a 3-year-old girl from Yunnan, who had poultry exposure in Jiangxi, has passed away. Her close contacts remain asymptomatic.
"Since late 2016, the number of human H7N9 cases reported in the Mainland hugely increased from six in November 2016 to 106 in December 2016 and 235 from January 1 to February 5, 2017.
‘’The number of cases in this wave so far has been much higher than that in the same period last winter. Cases imported from Guangdong have also been reported in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan," a spokesman for the CHP said.
"According to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 90 per cent of the patients reported exposure to live poultry, mostly with exposure to live poultry markets (LPMs). There was also an increase in environmental contamination with H7N9 virus as reflected by the positive rate of environmental samples collected from LPMs or other live poultry-related environments in affected provinces," the spokesman added.
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/Friday, February 10, 2017 / Issued at HKT 13:13 / NNNN
Keywords: HK PRC SAR; Updates; China; Yunnan; H7N9; Avian Influenza; Human.