Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring writes: China reports 14 more H7N9 cases, 3 fatal. Excerpt:
Over the past 3 days, China reported 14 new H7N9 influenza infections, including 4 in children and 3 fatal cases.
Lunar New Year celebrations are winding down in China, and health officials are watching to see what impact that might have on the pace of human cases. Global health groups have warned that the surge of human cases could continue, fueled by increases in poultry trade and transport, as well as heavy volume of travel as families gather to observe the holiday season.
Southern provinces lead second-wave cases
Six of the latest cases are from Guangdong province, continuing a strong second-wave tilt toward the mainland's southernmost areas. In the first wave, locations north of that area were driving most of the outbreak activity: Shanghai, Jiangsu province, and Zhejiang province.
China's steady stream of H7N9 cases has averaged about 5 to 7 a day over the past few weeks, and the latest reports puts the total close to the 300 case mark since the disease was first detected in people last spring.
For comparison, it took H5N1 avian flu—another closely watched virus that can pass from poultry to people—4 years for the global total to reach 263 cases. China passed that mark for H7N9 last week after less than a year of outbreak activity.