The Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province (GDHFPC) in southern China has reported two additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Guangzhou and Zhongshan.

Influenza A (H7N9) virus/CDC
Influenza A (H7N9) virus/CDC

According to the GDHFPC, the male patient aged 56 in Guangzhou and the 9-month-old female patient in Zhongshan were hospitalized for management in critical and stable condition respectively.

There has been in excess of 30 human cases of H7N9 avian influenza reported from the province since the beginning of the year.

To date, 506 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported by the Mainland health authorities, respectively in Zhejiang (146 cases), Guangdong (144 cases), Jiangsu (63 cases), Shanghai (44 cases), Fujian (28 cases), Hunan (24 cases), Anhui (17 cases), Jiangxi (nine cases), Xinjiang (nine cases), Shandong (six cases), Beijing (five cases), Henan (four cases), Guangxi (three cases), Jilin (two cases), Guizhou (one case) and Hebei (one case).

This brings the cumulative total to 520 cases since March 2013, which includes 12 imported cases seen in Hong Kong, one in Malaysia, two in Canada and four in Taiwan.