Hong Kong reports H7N9 death in Guangdong province
Chinese officials have confirmed a fatal case of H7N9 avian flu in Guangdong province, Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) confirmed on Dec 26.
The man, 61, is from Dongguan, the province's third-largest city with a population of about 8.2 million. It borders Guangzhou, the provincial capital and largest city, and is only about 50 miles from Hong Kong.
The man had underlying disease and had visited a local market and had contact with live poultry, a risk factor for avian flu. He was admitted to a local hospital on Dec 22 and died Dec 23, the CHP said.
The agency said China's mainland has confirmed 664 human cases of H7N9 since 2013, and a meticulous case list kept by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board, has the global total at 692.
Dec 26 CHP statement
FluTrackers H7N9 case list
Ghana confirms 5 H5N1 outbreaks affecting 27,000 poultry
Veterinary authorities in Ghana late last week confirmed five outbreaks of H5N1 avian flu in domestic birds that occurred in late November and early December and affected more than 27,000 poultry, according to a World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) report.
The outbreaks affected farms and backyard flocks in Greater Accra state in southeastern Ghana ranging from 40 to 17,461 chickens. The first outbreak began on Nov 27, and the most recent on Dec 4.
All told, 641 birds died from the virus among 27,362 birds, and 25,823 poultry were culled to prevent further disease spread. Ghana has reported numerous H5N1 outbreaks this year, including several recent ones in Greater Accra, marking the first appearance of the virus in the country since 2007.
Dec 25 OIE report