Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring writes: Eight more H7N9 cases reported in China. Excerpt from a very detailed report:
Eight more H7N9 influenza cases have been reported from four of China's provinces over the past 3 days, signaling that cases may be leveling off from a burst of infections that appeared to coincide with Lunar New Year activity.
The cases are from four Chinese provinces, according to official notices from Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) and provincial health department notices translated and posted by the FluTrackers infectious disease news message board.
Provincial health ministry reports
Three of the newly confirmed infections involve patients from Guangdong province, one of the main H7N9 hot spots during the second wave of infections. They include a 4-year-old girl, a 79-year-old man, and a 44-year-old man.
Hunan and Anhui provinces each reported two cases. Hunan's two case-patients include a 46-year-old man whose infection was first reported on Feb 15 and a 64-year-old man whose illness was reported today. The patients from Anhui are a 14-year-old girl whose infection was reported on Feb 15 and a 63-year-old man whose positive H7N9 test was reported the following day.
The eighth case-patient is an 84-year-old man from Jiangsu province whose infection was reported yesterday.
The CHP, which issued statements today and yesterday announcing seven of the new cases, said the patients are receiving treatment in hospitals.
Reports of eight more cases from China lift the number of cases reported in the outbreak's second wave to 221, compared with 136 reported during the first wave. Also, the new reports boost the overall outbreak total to 357, according to FluTrackers' running total.