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WHO update on Avian Flu in China

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On 20 and 21 February 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of nine additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.

Seven of the nine cases are males. The age range is 29 to 81 years. Cases were reported from Anhui (1), Hunan (2), Jilin (1) and Guangdong (5). One case died, six cases are in a critical condition, one case is in a severe condition and one case is in a stable condition. Six cases are reported to have had a history of exposure to live poultry. Investigations are ongoing.

Details of the cases notified on 20 February are as follows:

  • A 64 year-old farmer from Shaoyang City, Hunan Province. He became ill on 9 February, was admitted to a hospital on 15 February and is currently in a critical condition. The patient has a history of exposure to poultry.
  • A 29 year-old resident from Changsha City, Hunan Province. She became ill on 8 February, was admitted to a hospital on 16 February and is currently in a critical condition. The patient has a history of exposure to poultry.
  • A 79 year-old man from Foshan City, Guangdong Province. He became ill on 10 February, was admitted to a hospital on 14 February and is currently in a severe condition.
  • A 60 year-old food handler from Xuancheng City, Anhui Province. He became ill on 13 February, was admitted to a hospital on 19 February and is currently in a critical condition. The patient has a history of exposure to poultry.
  • An 81 year-old man who lives in Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province. He became ill on 7 February, was admitted to a hospital on 16 February and is currently in a critical condition. The patient has a history of exposure to poultry.

Details of the cases notified on 21 February are as follows:

  • A 46 year-old woman from Zhaoqing City, Guangdong Province,. She became ill on 13 February, was admitted to a hospital on 19 February and is currently in a critical condition. The patient has a history of exposure to poultry.
  • A 64 year-old man from Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province. He became ill on 9 February, was admitted to a hospital on 15 February and died on 18 February.
  • A 69 year-old man from Jiangmen City, Guangdong Province. He became ill on 10 February, was admitted to a hospital on 18 February and is currently in a critical condition. The patient has a history of exposure to poultry.
  • A 50 year- old chicken farm keeper from Jilin Province. He became ill on 15 February, was admitted to a hospital on 19 February and is currently in a stable condition.
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The Chinese Government has taken the following surveillance and control measures:

  • strengthen surveillance and situation analysis;
  • reinforce case management and treatment; and
  • conduct risk communication with the public and release information;

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