Title: #HK CHP notified of 22 new human cases of #H7N9 #influenza in #China.
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 (March 10) received notification from the National Health and Family Planning Commission that 22 additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9), including three deaths, were recorded from March 3 to 9.
The CHP strongly urges the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.
The 15 male and seven female patients, aged from 15 to 79, had their onset from February 19 to March 4.
The cases were from:
- Henan (four cases),
- Jiangxi (four cases),
- Guangxi (three cases),
- Sichuan (three cases),
- Fujian (two cases),
- Hunan (two cases),
- Jiangsu (two cases),
- Guizhou (one case),
- Hubei (1 case).
Among them, 18 were known to have exposure to poultry or poultry markets.
In addition, according to the surveillance of the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, among 939 environmental samples collected from 98 poultry markets in Guangdong between February 27 and March 5, 78 samples (8.3 per cent) tested positive for the H7 virus.
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, March 10, 2017 / Issued at HKT 18:20 / NNNN
Keywords: HK PRC SAR; Updates; China; H7N9; Avian Influenza; Human.