Thanks to Mike Coston at Avian Flu Diary for alerting me to this story. Via Sichuan Ribao: Chengdu confirmed one case of H5N1 in the province. This is the first Chinese H5N1 case reported since. Lightly edited excerpt from the Google translation:
Sichuan Online news (Sichuan Online reporter Dan) January 13, reporters from the Sichuan Provincial Planning Commission official website informed Wei Chengdu one sporadic case of H5N1, expert analysis.
On the 13th, a Provincial Planning Commission website news release reported a really good job in winter and spring: sudden acute infectious disease prevention and control work, at all levels of the provincial health department to strengthen the monitoring of cases of pneumonia of unknown causes investigation work.
On January 12, Chengdu and the provincial Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a patient with unexplained pneumonia; respiratory specimens detected H5N1 virus nucleic acid positive. The epidemiological investigation shows a case history of contact with live poultry before the onset. On January 13, the provincial expert group based on clinical manifestations, epidemiology, laboratory, determined that the patient was a confirmed H5N1 case. Experts believe that this case is a sporadic one.
The patient is male, 42 years old, now living in Qingyang Area community. On December 27, 2015 he began to experience fever and other symptoms, and received outpatient and inpatient treatment in Qingyang Area Hospital. On January 2, 2016, because of exacerbations, he was transferred on an emergency basis to a general hospital in Chengdu. His clinical diagnosis was of of severe pneumonia and respiratory failure. Currently, the patient's condition is extremely critical.
Disease control departments have disinfected the patient's residence and surrounding environment, and 58 close contacts are under medical observation after no exception. No new cases have been reported.
China, according to WHO's tally, has seen a total of 52 H5N1 cases and 31 deaths since 2003—most of them before 2010. Last year saw just five cases and one death. Given the sheer numbers of poultry and humans in China, this has always looked like an undercount, but we have to take the numbers that Beijing gives us.