Seven new H7N9 cases, plus family cluster, reported

Thursday, January 30, 2014
By Paul Martin

Lisa Schnirring
Jan 29, 2014

The steady rise in H7N9 influenza cases saw no let-up today, with seven new infections reported, including a fatal case from Hong Kong, the first case detected in China’s Guangxi province, and five cases reported from the country’s other hotspots.

Health officials today also reported the first known family cluster in the outbreak’s second wave, involving a couple who worked a vegetable stall in a market in Zhejiang province and their adult daughter.

Cases in Hong Kong and four provinces
The patient from Hong Kong, its fourth so far, is a 75-year-old man who got sick on Jan 26 while visiting the city of Shenzhen on China’s mainland and was hospitalized in Hong Kong yesterday, according to a statement today from the Centre for Health Protection (CHP). The man, who had multiple underlying health conditions, died this morning.

He had traveled by himself to Shenzhen, where he spent 6 days at the home of a relative who lived close to a live-poultry market, the CHP said. So far the patient’s five family contacts in Hong Kong are asymptomatic.

The man’s H7N9 case is the fourth to be detected in Hong Kong, and so far all had a history of recent travel to the mainland. Three of the patients died from their infections.

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