The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is closely monitoring, as of yesterday (February 12), seven additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Zhaoqing (one case), Guangzhou (two cases), Hunan (one case) and Zhejiang (three cases) according to the latest reports of the Mainland health authorities.
The case in Zhaoqing involves a boy aged 8 while the two cases in Guangzhou involve two men aged 46 and 65. The case in Hunan is a man aged 19 and the three cases in Zhejiang are three men aged 46, 58 and 84 respectively. All of the patients are hospitalised for treatment.
As of yesterday, a total of 338 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been confirmed in the Mainland, including Zhejiang (135 cases), Guangdong (64 cases), Shanghai (41 cases), Jiangsu (40 cases), Fujian (20 cases), Hunan (11 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).
"Locally, enhanced disease surveillance, port health measures and health education against avian influenza are ongoing. We will remain vigilant and maintain liaison with the World Health Organization (WHO) and relevant health authorities. Local surveillance activities will be modified upon the WHO's recommendations," a spokesman for the DH remarked.