Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring has a must-read: China’s second H7N9 wave tops spring wave. Read the excerpt and then click through for the full post:
Pushing the number of cases in the second H7N9 influenza wave higher than the first, China reported six more cases today, as well as two more deaths, one of which involved a previously confirmed case.
Today’s new cases lift the number reported in the second wave to 137, topping the 136 cases reported during the first wave last spring.
The country’s agriculture ministry also downplayed the role of poultry in spreading the disease based on its surveillance results, raising questions about whether the techniques used are the best for gauging infection levels in flocks.
A US expert, however, questioned the testing methods Chinese officials are using, saying they could easily miss H7N9 in poultry.