New H7N9 cases in China include first in Jilin province

Saturday, February 22, 2014
By Paul Martin

Lisa Schnirring
Feb 21, 2014

China today reported four new H7N9 infections, one fatal, including the first case from Jilin province, which lies well north of the main outbreak area.

Three of the latest illnesses are from Guangdong province, a hotspot of disease activity during the outbreak’s second wave. Patients include a 46-year-old woman and a 69-year-old man, both of whom are hospitalized, and a 64-year-old man who died from his infection, according to a provincial health ministry statement translated and posted by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board.

The patient from Jilin province is a 50-year-old poultry farmer in the capital city of Changchun, according to a news report today in Chinese from Xinhua, China’s state news agency, that was translated and posted by FluTrackers. He is reportedly hospitalized in stable condition.

Jilin province, located in northeastern China, borders North Korea and Russia. The area where the H7N9 case was detected is about 600 miles northeast of Beijing, the northernmost site where H7N9 cases have previously been detected. So today’s news of a case in Jilin represents an expansion of the outbreak area.

The four new cases boost the outbreak total to 365, according to a case list kept by Flu Trackers. The latest death lifts the unofficial number of fatalities to 113.

Over the past several days the second wave of infections has tapered off, after exceeding the last spring’s first wave. So far 229 H7N9 infections have been reported in the second wave, compared with 136 during the first.

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