H7N9 illness total grows by 13, with 2 more deaths
Feb 10, 2014
Over the past 3 days, China reported 13 new H7N9 influenza infections, 2 of them fatal, from a broad swath of provinces in the eastern part of the country, including the first 2 cases of the second wave from Anhui province.
Most of the new cases involve adults, but two are in children, a 5-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy, both from Guangdong province.
Eight of the 13 cases are from Zhejiang (5) and Guangdong province (3), which have reported by far the most cases in the second wave of infections that began in October. Other provinces reporting fresh cases include Anhui (2), Hunan (2) and Jiangsu (1).
The steady pace of reported infections has propelled the number of cases in the second wave of disease activity to 201, well above the 136 people who were sickened in the first wave after H7N9 first emerged last spring.
Also, there so far appears to be no letup in case reporting from China or its individual provinces, despite media reports from a few days ago that said the country’s poultry industry groups have asked health officials to tone down their reports, due to the impact negative publicity is having on poultry sales.