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    Posted: February 10 2017 at 6:52am
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.

      In view of the current situation, there is a likely risk that environments with live poultry in the Mainland might be contaminated with avian influenza viruses. Travellers to the Mainland or other affected areas must avoid visiting wet markets, poultry markets or farms. They should be alert to the presence of backyard poultry when visiting relatives and friends. They should also avoid purchase of live or freshly slaughtered poultry, and avoid touching poultry/birds or their droppings. They should strictly observe personal and hand hygiene when visiting any places with live poultry.

http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201702/10/P2017021000441.htm
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235 cases reported from January 1st to February 5th? How is this virus not marching across China's borders into neighboring countries? The so-called "chicken economy" is prevalent throughout Southeast Asia, and was one of the main factors in the spread of H5N1. So what's stopping H7N9?

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It seems like most cases to date have been in eastern China! The case in Yunnan is worrisome except it states she was exposed in Jiangxi! Most of China isn't as adamant about freshly killed meat as the South East is and the father west you travel in China the fewer large cities and more ethnic minorities (with varying customs)there are. I think now that the Spring Festival is almost over and people are traveling back home for the Lantern Festival we'll know in short order if H7N9 is more transmissible H2H!
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