China: CHP notified of additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Mainland

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (April 10) received notification of 13 additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) with onset of symptoms between February 14 and March 21 from the National Health and Family Planning Commission, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

     The patients comprise nine men and four women aged 32 to 80 and three of them (two men and one woman) died. Ten cases are from Zhejiang, two are from Fujian and one is from Shandong.

     To date, 633 cases of human H7N9 infection have been reported by the Mainland health authorities cumulatively since 2013. In the third wave since November 2014, 193 cases have been reported in the Mainland, including 72 cases in Guangdong (see attachment for geographical distribution), 39 cases in Fujian, 38 cases in Zhejiang, 17 cases in Jiangsu, seven cases in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, seven cases in Anhui, six cases in Shanghai, two cases in Hunan, two cases in Jiangxi, two cases in Shandong and one case in Guizhou.