The number of human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) has risen to 583 after six new cases, five from Guangdong province and one from Jiangxi Province, were reported today, according to different media sources.

 Guangdong province/Public domain image-Joowwww
Guangdong province/Public domain image-Joowwww

First, the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province (GDHFPC) reported five addition cases of the bird flu in humans. According to the GDHFPC, five male patients aged from 51 to 57 from Meizhou, Shantou, Jiangmen, Huizhou and Heyuan are hospitalised for treatment. Three of them are in critical condition, one in serious condition and one in stable condition.

In addition, Avian Flu Diary reports today that an additional case of human H7N9 avian influenza was reported from Jiangxi Province, the 10th case reported from the province. The patient is a 74-year-old male from Xihu District of Nanchang. His condition is relatively stable.

To date, 583 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported by the Mainland health authorities, respectively in Guangdong (171 cases), Zhejiang (156 cases), Jiangsu (70 cases), Fujian (58 cases), Shanghai (45 cases), Hunan (24 cases), Anhui (17 cases), Xinjiang (10 cases), Jiangxi (10 cases), Shandong (six cases), Beijing (five cases), Henan (four cases), Guangxi (three cases), Jilin (two cases), Guizhou (one case) and Hebei (one case).

This puts the total cases, both from the Mainland and imported cases (Hong Kong-12, Taiwan-4, Canada-2 and Malaysia-1)to other countries to 602 since March 2013.