The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (January 29) closely monitoring three additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) notified by the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province (GDHFPC), and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

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

According to the GDHFPC, two male patients aged 21 (in Shenzhen) and 59 (in Meizhou) and a female patient aged 42 (in Foshan) were hospitalized for management. The male patients are in a stable condition while the female patient is in a critical condition.

This brings the total H7N9 avian flu cases reported from Guangdong province to 28 since the beginning of the year.

To date, 502 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported by the Mainland health authorities, respectively in Zhejiang (146 cases), Guangdong (140 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, one in Canada and four in Taiwan.

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