The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government decided on Sunday [5 June 2016] to suspend live poultry trade after H7N9 bird flu was detected by spot check at a local street market. The SAR government’s food and environmental hygiene department said in a statement that the virus was found on Saturday in a fecal sample…Full Article: ECNS.cn June 2016

Key Point

  • On 16 May 2016, Hong Kong authorities collected a sample from a street market in Tuen Mun District, western Hong Kong, which was later found to contain H7N9 bird flu.

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  • From January to May 2016, 12 cases of H7N9 were reported in Guangdong Province.
  • In April 2016, two cases of H7N9 were reported in Jiangxi Province.
  • In March 2016, a case of H7N9 was reported in Hubei Province.
  • From January to February 2016, Hunan Province reported 5 cases of H7N9 bird flu in humans.
  • In December 2014, 19,000 birds were culled in Hong Kong’s Cheung Sha Wan wholesale market. Additionally, a three week ban on bird imports was instituted. Hong Kong confirmed a human case of H7N9 in a woman who had recently visited Shenzhen.
  • During the winter of 2014, China reported cases of H7N9 in Guangdong, Shanghai, Fujian, Jiangxi, Guizhou, and Zhejiang.
  • 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.
  • In early January 2014, Huizhou (Guangdong Province) confirmed it culled 13,000 chickens on a farm after realizing it exported H7N9 infected chicken to Hong Kong.
  • 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.
  • In April 2013, Chinese cases of H7N9 peak for that year. Cases quickly declined with only a few cases reported in July 2013 before reappearing in October 2013.

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