Via CIDRAP: Flu Scan for Feb 24, 2015. Click through for the full report (which also discusses seasonal flu) and numerous links. Excerpt:
H7N9 sickens three more in China
Two of China's provinces—Anhui and Guangdong—reported a total of three new H7N9 avian influenza cases today, according to separate health department reports.
Anhui province reported two of the case-patients, a 48-year-old man from Ma'anshan and a 75-year-old man from Wuhu, according to a provincial report translated and posted by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board. Both are in critical condition and had been exposed to live poultry before they got sick.
The two infections are Anhui province's first H7N9 cases in the third wave of illnesses that started in October.
Guangdong province's patient is a 58-year-old man from Zhaoqing who is hospitalized in critical condition, according to FluTrackers' translation of an official provincial report.
The three new cases lift the global H7N9 total to 611, according to a case list maintained by FluTrackers.
Egypt confirms 5 new H5N1 cases
Egyptian authorities have confirmed five new cases of H5N1 avian flu, continuing an unusual flood of cases in recent weeks, according to a Ministry of Health and Population statement translated and posted today by FluTrackers.
The cases involve a 34-year-old man in Faiyum governorate, a 36-year-old man in Cairo governorate, a 38-year-old man and a 3-year-old girl from Asyut governorate, and a 27-year-old man from Minya governorate. The 34-year-old is being treated at a Faiyum hospital, while the other four patients have been treated and released, the health ministry said.
The statement said eight H5N1 patients remain hospitalized in the country. Egypt has now confirmed 69 cases this year, according to a list maintained by FluTrackers. In all of last year the country reported 30 H5N1 cases, according to World Health Organization (WHO) data. The previous high was in 2006, when Egypt had 55 WHO-confirmed cases.