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H7N9 avian influenza: China reports dozens of cases from December

The Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission released data today that shows 83 additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9), including 25 deaths, were recorded in December 2016.

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The 54 male and 29 female patients aged from 23 to 91 from Jiangsu (52 cases), Zhejiang (21 cases), Anhui (nine cases) and Fujian (one case) had their onset from November 22 to December 29, 2016. Among them, 58 reported exposure to poultry or poultry market while the source of infection of 17 cases was under investigation.

In addition, the Hong Kong CHP is closely monitoring an additional human H7N9 case in Jiangxi yesterday. According to the Health and Family Planning Commission of Jiangxi Province, the female patient aged 55 from Yichun was hospitalised in Nanchang in critical condition.

The Guizhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported an additional case affecting a female patient aged 49 from Sandu involved in poultry selling who was hospitalised in critical condition.

“Most human cases occurred in winter and spring while disease activity was low in summer and autumn. From 2013 to date, 900 human cases have been reported by the Mainland health authorities, 125 of which have been recorded from November 2016 thus far,” a spokesman for the CHP said.

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