THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

China confirms 83 new cases of avian flu since Dec. 20

Last week, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China reported 83 additional lab-confirmed cases of the human avian influenza A(H7N9) virus to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The dates when these individuals would have been infected range from Dec. 20, 2014, to Jan. 27, 2015.

Two cases were reported on Dec. 20; eight cases during the week of Dec. 22-28; 16 cases during the week of Dec. 29, 2014, to Jan. 4, 2015; 21 cases the following week; and 36 from Jan. 12 to Jan. 27.

The ages of those infected ranged from 1 year old to 88 years old, with an average age of 56.

Of the 83 cases, there were 19 deaths reported, 60 of the 83 cases were male, and most (78 of 83 cases) reported exposure to live poultry or live poultry markets. Cases were reported from eight different provinces: Fujian (30), Guangdong (30), Jiangsu (7), Jiangxi (1), Shandong (1), Shanghai (2), Xinjiang (1) and Zhejiang (11).

The Chinese Government has vowed to strengthen surveillance and situational analysis, and reinforce case management and medical treatment, in addition to conducting risk communication with the public and release information.

WHO is closely monitoring the situation.

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