For years I've told myself that we're OK as long as we can keep track (and count) of the cases. So far, so good. Via the Centre for Health Protection: Notification of confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Guangdong. Excerpt:
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) has been notified by the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province of a confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) today (December 16) affecting a 65-year-old woman in Yangjiang, Guangdong Province.
The patient is currently in critical condition. Her sample tested positive for the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus by the relevant health authority of Guangdong Province and the diagnosis was confirmed today.
To date, a total of 142 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been laboratory confirmed in the Mainland, including Zhejiang (51 cases), Shanghai (33 cases), Jiangsu (28 cases), Jiangxi (six cases), Fujian (five cases), Anhui (four cases), Henan (four cases), Guangdong (four cases), Shandong (two cases), Hunan (two cases), Beijing (two cases), and Hebei (one case).
A spokesman for the DH remarked that the CHP is closely monitoring the situation and maintaining close liaison with the Mainland health authorities for case details, as well as keeping a close eye on the latest advice from the World Health Organization (WHO).