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Multiple New Cases Of H7N9 Have Been Confirmed In The Last Week

January 14, 2014
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Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online

Last week, redOrbit reported that several new cases of human infection with H7N9 had been confirmed since the New Year began. In the past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) has received reports from two Chinese health agencies confirming 13 new cases of H7N9 bird flu.

JANUARY 10

The WHO released the first report on January 10, 2014, stating that China’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP), based in Hong Kong SAR, reported one additional laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with H7N9. The confirmation was actually made on Jan 8, but was not released to the public until Jan 10.

That case was in a 65-year-old man who had an underlying medical condition. He became ill on Jan 3 and was admitted to hospital on Jan 7 with a chest infection. He was transferred to ICU later that day. The patient is under isolation and is in critical condition. According to CHP, the man had traveled to Shenzhen, Guangdong Province with a family member between Jan 1 and 2. It is unknown if the patient had been in contact with live poultry.

The patient’s travel partner has so far remained asymptomatic and is under quarantine for 10 days. Health officials are currently tracing for other contacts of the patient.

On Jan 9, the WHO received a report from China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of an additional lab-confirmed case of human infection with H7N9.

That patient is a 51-year-old woman from Jiaxing City, Zhejiang Province who fell ill on Dec 28, 2013 and was admitted to hospital on Jan 6. She is in critical condition and the source of her infection is still under investigation.

JANUARY 13

China’s NHFPC reported to the WHO on Jan 10 of six additional laboratory-confirmed cases of H7N9 infection, including one death. That report was released to the public on Jan 13.

The cases are:

*A 54-year-old man from Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province became ill on Dec 28 and was admitted to hospital on Jan 5. He is in serious condition.

*A 79-year-old woman farmer from Jiaxing City, Zhejiang Province became ill on Jan 2 and was admitted to hospital on Jan 5. She is in critical condition. It was reported that this patient was exposed to live poultry.

*A 30-year-old man from Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province became ill on Jan 2 and was admitted to hospital on Jan 7. He is in critical condition and has been reported to be in contact with live poultry.

*A 59-year-old woman from Foshan City, Guangdong Province became ill on Dec 29 and was admitted to hospital on Jan 2. She is in mild condition.

*A 42-year-old woman from Foshan City, Guangdong Province became ill on Jan 5 and was admitted to hospital on Jan 9. She is in mild condition. It is confirmed that the patient works in the poultry wholesale industry.

*A 38-year-old man from Quanzhou City, Fujian Province became ill on Jan 3 and was admitted to hospital on Jan 8. The patient had an underlying medical condition – including tuberculosis and pneumonia – and passed away on Jan 10.

China’s NHFPC maintained that source of infection in several of these cases are still under investigation.

JANUARY 14

China’s NHFPC notified the WHO of five additional lab-confirmed cases of human infection with H7N9, including an additional death. This report was released to the public on Jan 14.

The first three cases were first reported to the WHO on January 11 and include:

*A 58-year-old woman from Shanghai became ill on Jan 1 and was admitted to hospital on Jan 8. She is in critical condition and has had a history of contact with live poultry.

*A 56-year-old man from Shanghai became ill on Jan 6 and was admitted to hospital on Jan 9. He is in critical condition and has had a history of exposure to live poultry.

*A 75-year-old woman from Zhuji City, Zhejiang Province became ill on Jan 1 and was admitted to hospital on Jan 5. This patient died on Jan 9. She had a history of exposure to live poultry.

The second two cases were reported to the WHO on January 12 and include:

*A 29-year-old man from Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province became ill on Jan 3 and was admitted to hospital on Jan 9. He is in critical condition and works near a poultry market.

*A 76-year-old man from Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province became ill on Jan 3 and was admitted to hospital on Jan 9. He is in stable condition and reportedly has had no contact with live poultry.

The sources of these infections are still under investigation and as of yet, there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission in any of the aforementioned cases.

The newly confirmed cases raises the number of illnesses from H7N9 to 170 with 51 deaths. Zhejiang Province remains the most affected region with 57 confirmed cases.


Source: Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online