The Health and Family Planning Commission of Jiangxi Province, China has reported a human case of avian influenza A(H7N9). Health officials say the 53-year-old male patient from Jingdezhen has been hospitalized in Nanchang in critical condition.

H7N9 avian influenza Image/CDC
H7N9 avian influenza

The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said, “Locally, two human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) were recently detected in this winter. Neighboring Guangdong and Macau also reported their first human H7N9 cases in this winter. The activity of avian influenza is expected to increase in winter based on its seasonal pattern,” the spokesman said.

“The public should avoid touching birds, poultry or their droppings and visiting poultry markets or farms during travel. If feeling unwell such as having fever or cough, wear a mask and seek medical advice at once. Travelers returning from affected areas should consult doctors promptly if symptoms develop and let them know their travel history,” the spokesman added.

Since 2013, there has been 819 confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) including 25 imported cases seen in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada and Malaysia. One case was reported in Macau.