H7N9 sickens two more in China's Guangdong province
Two more H7N9 avian flu illnesses have been detected in China, both affecting patients from Guangdong province in southern China, according to a statement today from Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP), which cited mainland authorities.
One patient is from Jieyang, representing the second case from the city in a week, while the other is from Zhongshan. Both are hospitalized in stable condition. No other details were available about the patients.
So far 23 cases have now been reported in the fourth wave of infections, which started in the fall. Five provinces, plus the city of Shanghai, have reported cases in the latest round of illnesses. At least half of the cases have been reported in Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces.
Today's newly reported cases lift the global total from H7N9 to 709 infections, according to a case list kept by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board.
Jan 14 CHP statement
FluTrackers H7N9 case list
H5 viruses strike more poultry in Nigeria, Vietnam
Highly pathogenic avian flu struck again in two countries battling ongoing outbreaks, Nigeria and Vietnam, according to the latest statements from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
Nigerian agriculture officials reported seven more H5N1 outbreaks in two separate reports yesterday. One of the outbreaks began Jan 9 at a poultry farm housing pullets in Beyelsa state in the southern part of the country. The virus killed 850 birds, and the remaining 2,150 were culled to control the spread of the virus.
The other six outbreaks affected three other states: Kano, Federal Capital Territory, and Plateau. All but one occurred on farms, with the other affecting backyard birds. The events all involved layers and began between Jan 8 and Jan 10.
Of 201,333 susceptible birds, the virus killed 21,463, and the remaining poultry were destroyed as a control measure.
The H5N1 virus resurfaced in African poultry last year after a several-year hiatus. Nigeria has been especially hard-hit.
Jan 13 OIE report on H5N1 in Nigeria's Beyelsa state
Jan 13 OIE report on six H5N1 outbreaks in Nigeria
Meanwhile, Vietnam reported two more H5N6 avian flu detections in poultry, according to a report today to the OIE. Both events began Jan 9 in backyard poultry, one in Tuyen Quang province in the north and the other in Kon Tum province in the south central region.
Between the two locations, the virus killed 1,045 birds, with the remaining 3,511 destroyed to curb the spread of the disease.
Vietnam is among four countries reporting recent H5N6 detections. The others are China, Laos, and Hong Kong.
Jan 14 OIE report