Central China’s Hubei Province confirmed its first human infection of the H7N9 strain of bird flu on Monday [27 April 2015], the local health authority said. A 50-year-old poultry trader and butcher from Luotian County developed symptoms after contact with infected live chickens, according to the provincial health and family planning commission. He is in the hospital in stable condition, the commission said. It was the first H7N9 human infection in Hubei since 2013, when reports of the virus in humans emerged in China…Full Article: China Daily Apr 2015
- During the winter of 2014, China reported cases of H7N9 in Guangdong, Shanghai, Fujian, Jiangxi, Guizhou, and Zhejiang.
- Cases of H7N9 slowly declined from its peak it early 2014. The last reported cases were in June 2014. In 2013, the peak number of cases were reported in April 2013, but quickly declined with only a few cases reported in July 2013 before reappearing in October 2013. Overall, the 2014 outbreak was much larger than the 2013 outbreak in terms of confirmed cases.
- In January 2014, China confirmed 127 cases of H7N9 for that month alone (versus 144 for all of 2013). During January, a total of six human cases of H7N9 have been confirmed in Guangdong Province.
- By the end of December 2013, mainland China has confirmed 144 H7N9 cases.
- On 10 December 2013, China reported a single case of H7N9 in Zhejiang Province. By January 2014, the Zhejiang provincial health agency had recorded 53 H7N9 human infections. Live poultry markets were shut down in central areas of major cities in Zhejiang Province.