The China National Health and Family Planning Commission reported an additional five human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9), including one death during the week of Jun. 9 through 15.
The four male patients and one female, who came from Beijing, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hunan and Zhejiang and were aged from 41 to 68, had onset from April 25 to June 6. Among them, three were known to have exposure to poultry or poultry markets.
The number of cumulative cases reported since 2013 has risen to 1,533 cases through June 10.
In addition in mid-May, health authorities from Guangdong and Macau visited Hong Kong to discuss the collaboration in the prevention and control of avian influenza.
In the current fifth wave of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) since October 2016, over 700 human cases in 25 provinces/municipalities/autonomous regions in Mainland China have been reported. Among these cases, over 60 cases were reported in Guangdong Province.
The participants had in-depth discussions and experience-sharing on the collaboration in the prevention and control of avian influenza and related notification system.
Public health actions in combating avian influenza were discussed during the meeting, including disease surveillance, laboratory surveillance, diagnosis and clinical management, travel health advice and public education, port health measures, preparedness plan and risk communication, poultry import and control, laboratory surveillance on poultry, measures implemented in wholesale poultry market and retail markets.
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