Another case of the human H7N9 avian flu was reported from east China’s Zhejiang Province yesterday.
Though officials from the Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission said yesterday there were no new H7N9 cases reported in the city, local medical experts said autumn and winter are the season for respiratory diseases like flu and there was a possibility that H7N9 cases may make a comeback.
“Both the authorities and public should stay on high alert and I suggest a complete ban on live poultry business to help control the spread of H7N9,” said Dr Lu Hongzhou, a member of the nation’s H7N9 prevention and control expert group and vice president of Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center.
The live poultry trade was suspended in Shanghai in April but was back in business in late June.
The 35-year-old man, surnamed Liu, tested positive for the H7N9 virus at the Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the provincial health authority said yesterday.
Liu, who works in Shaoxing County, was admitted to a hospital on October 8. He is in critical condition and is receiving treatment.
None of his family members have showed flu-like symptoms.
According to Lu, who went to the hospital in Shaoxing soon after receiving a call on Sunday night, said he told the hospital to adopt effective anti-viral therapy immediately.
Experts believe that clinical practice in line with H7N9 treatment must be adopted including transporting the patient to a ward with negative pressure and isolation. He should be disinfected and his family members should take necessary self-protection measures.
Lu said the patient was overweight. His job includes painting and goes out for sketching outdoors frequently. “It means he may have contacted it from the birds,” Lu said.