The Centre for Health Protection has issued a February 12 news release: CHP closely monitors two additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Mainland. Excerpt and then a comment:
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is closely monitoring, as of yesterday (February 11), two additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Hunan and Zhejiang affecting two men aged 23 and 70 respectively according to the latest reports of the Mainland health authorities. Both are hospitalised for treatment.
As of yesterday, a total of 331 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been confirmed in the Mainland, including Zhejiang (132 cases), Guangdong (61 cases), Shanghai (41 cases), Jiangsu (40 cases), Fujian (20 cases), Hunan (ten cases), Anhui (six cases), Jiangxi (six cases), Beijing (four cases), Henan (four cases), Guangxi (three cases), Shandong (two cases), Guizhou (one case, imported from Zhejiang) and Hebei (one case).
The rest of this long release is the standard text CHP cranks out with every new H7N9 report. This is a little worrying. I realize that for someone, these cases are the first they've ever heard of H7N9, but most people who check CHP's website know a great deal and want to learn more.
So CHP would do everyone a favour by adding a surprise or two in every release: In this case, where in Hunan and Zhejiang do these new cases live, and how do they make their livings? Where are they hospitalized, and what condition are they in? Any comments from the attending physicians?
If any health agency's audience stops paying attention, the agency is doing something wrong and needs to correct itself, at once.