Via CIDRAP: Flu Scan for Apr 06, 2015: H7N9 cases in China; Chicago canine flu outbreak. Excerpt:
Shanghai health officials reported two new H7N9 avian influenza cases, in a 52-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, the first infections reported in the city since the middle of February.
Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said yesterday in a statement that the man is hospitalized in stable condition. No details were available about how he may have been exposed to the virus. The agency said so far 619 human cases have been reported on China's mainland, more than half of them from Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces.
The woman's infection was reported today in a statement from Shanghai's health department that was translated and posted by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board. The report said the woman is from Jiangsu province and is hospitalized in critical condition.
The two illnesses appear to be the 46th and 47th cases reported from Shanghai since the virus emerged in China 2 years ago.
Though it's unclear exactly how many H7N9 infections China has had in the third wave of illnesses that began in October, a case list kept by FluTrackers, which compiles official reports, puts the global total from the disease for all three waves at 646.