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Published On: Mon, Feb 24th, 2014

China reports human H7N9 avian influenza case in Jiangmen man, mainland total at 357: CHP

The Hong Kong  Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) yesterday (February 23) received notification of one additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Jiangmen from the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province. The case involves a man aged 31 who is hospitalised for treatment.

As of yesterday, a total of 357 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been confirmed in the Mainland, including Zhejiang (135 cases), Guangdong (75 cases), Jiangsu (41 cases), Shanghai (41 cases), Fujian (20 cases), Hunan (14 cases), Anhui (nine cases), Jiangxi (six cases), Beijing (four cases), Henan (four cases), Guangxi (three cases), Shandong (two cases), Guizhou (one case, imported from Zhejiang), Hebei (one case) and Jilin (one case).

The death tally now stands at 112 fatal H7N9 cases among people infected with a laboratory confirmed H7N9 virus, since the outbreak began in 2013. This is a case fatality rate of just over 30 percent.

However, the 2nd wave of this outbreak appears to be waning as Australian virologist Ian MacKay writes in his blog, Virology Down Under that “the current wave of human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) virus is ending.”

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