Via CIDRAP, a report by Lisa Schnirring: China reports 5 more H7N9 cases; researchers cite mutation. Excerpt:
Continuing the slow trickle of new H7N9 cases, China reported five cases over the past 3 days, as well as another death, and Hong Kong researchers today reported genetic findings from the city's first H7N9 patient, which included a mutation that might enhance disease severity.
All of the new cases were reported from Guangdong province, according to provincial health department reports translated and posted by the FluTrackers infectious disease news message board. Guangdong province was responsible for many of the cases that marked the second wave rise and is now one of the few areas still steadily reporting new infections.
Reports from Guangdong province
Yesterday, Guangdong confirmed an H7N9 infection in a 31-year-old man who is hospitalized in stable condition, according to FluTrackers' translation. Today the province reported four more infections and a death in a previously confirmed case-patient, according to a second translation. The patients include two men, ages 76 and 33, and two women, ages 55 and 75. All four are hospitalized in critical condition.
The provincial health ministry said a patient from Zhaoquing City whose illness was confirmed on Feb 20 died yesterday of respiratory failure. FluTrackers said the patient is probably a 46-year-old woman who had been hospitalized.
The five new cases bump the outbreak total to 370, according to a case list kept by FluTrackers. The newly reported death increases the fatality count to 114. So far there have been 234 illnesses reported during the second wave of H7N9 infections, compared with 136 during the first wave last spring.