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    Posted: March 21 2017 at 8:05am
Avian Influenza Report

Avian Influenza Report is a weekly report produced by the Respiratory Disease Office, Centre for Health Protection of the
Department of Health. This report highlights global avian influenza activity in humans and birds.

Reporting period: March 12, 2017 – March 18, 2017 (Week 11)
(Published on March 21, 2017)

1. Since the previous issue of Avian Influenza Report (AIR), there were 22 new human cases
of avian influenza A(H7N9) reported by Mainland China health authorities in Guangxi (6
cases), Hunan (5 cases), Guangdong (3 cases), Guizhou (3 cases), Henan (2 cases),
Chongqing (1 case), Fujian (1 case) and Jiangxi (1 case). Since March 2013 (as of
March 18, 2017), there were a total of 1329 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9)
reported globally. Since October 2016 (as of March 18, 2017), 523 cases have been
recorded in Mainland China.

2. Since the previous issue of AIR, there were no new human cases of avian influenza
A(H5N6). Since 2014 (as of March 18, 2017), 16 human cases of avian influenza
A(H5N6) were reported globally and all occurred in Mainland China. The latest case was
reported on December 1, 2016.

3. There were no new human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1) reported by the World
Health Organization (WHO) in 2017. From 2011 to 2015, 32 to 145 confirmed human
cases of avian influenza A(H5N1) were reported to WHO annually (according to onset
date). In 2016, there have been 10 cases in Egypt.*

* Since November 21, 2012, WHO only publishes information on human cases with avian influenza A(H5N1)
infection in “Influenza at human - animal interface: Monthly Risk Assessment Summary”. Only cases of human
infection with H5N1 involved in events that are unusual or associated with potential increased risks will be
reported in Disease Outbreak News. The latest report was published in February, 2017.
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