The Centre for Health Protection has issued a news release: CHP closely monitors two additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Mainland. Excerpt:
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is closely monitoring, as of yesterday (February 19), two additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) respectively in Foshan and Hunan according to the latest reports of the Mainland health authorities.
The case in Foshan involves a man aged 79 while the case in Hunan is a woman aged 29. They are hospitalised for treatment.
As of yesterday, a total of 350 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been confirmed in the Mainland, including Zhejiang (135 cases), Guangdong (70 cases), Jiangsu (41 cases), Shanghai (41 cases), Fujian (20 cases), Hunan (14 cases), Anhui (eight 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).
Meanwhile, the Guangdong Health and Family Planning Commission reports on February 20 that an 81-year-old man living in Guangzhou (not Foshan) has been confirmed with H7N9. He has chronic bronchitis, coronary heart disease, and other underlying conditions. The same report adds that a Huizhou City case, confirmed on January 24, died on February 19.