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    Posted: February 09 2017 at 7:19am
CHP closely monitors three human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Mainland

Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (February 9) closely monitoring three additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in the Mainland, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

      The Health and Family Planning Commission of Henan Province reported that a male farmer aged 54 from Dengzhou, Nanyang, is in critical condition. His close contacts remain asymptomatic.

      Separately, the Health and Family Planning Commission of Sichuan Province reported that two male patients aged 55 and 75 from Suining are now hospitalised for isolation and management and are in critical condition. Their 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 183 last month as of January 29, 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.

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"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 183 last month as of January 29, 2017."

I guess we've become somewhat complacent after 4 years, because that would have scared the bejeezus out of most of us if we'd seen the infections ramping up like that in the beginning. That really is a significant monthly increase. And I honestly think we're not hearing about all the cases now - there seems to have been a policy shift in China that's made them less willing to admit to the true extent of the outbreak.


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I've also noticed an increase in the use of the term "critical condition" and far fewer "stable conditions"! They're little things but with China you have to read carefully!
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Yep, that's the other thing - barring any information about mild or undiagnosed H7N9 cases, this virus seems to have a pretty ferocious kick to it, and an impressive fatality rate. And I'm betting that many survivors are facing a life of complications from lung damage if H5N1 and H1N1 Spanish Flu are anything to go by. Dr Robert Webster calls H5 and H7 viruses "the nasty bastards", capable of liquefying lungs and internal organs (a phenomenon that's been called flubola).

And now we're seeing another upstart from one of those families beginning to spread into a human population, just over on the other side of this small ball of rock we're all stuck to. The scary thing is that we are statistically due for a once-a-century major pandemic, if the last 400 years is anything to go by.

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