China reports 4 more cases of H7N9 avian flu
China said today there were four new human cases of H7N9 avian influenza, including one in a child from Hong Kong who had recently traveled to Guangdong province.
The 10-year-old boy is the fourth imported case of H7N9 in Hong Kong this winter. Authorities report that close family contacts and healthcare workers who came in contact with the boy are being treated with Tamiflu prophylactically.
Yesterday the Shanghai Municipal Health and Family Planning Commission said a 50-year-old man was actively being treated for H7N9 infection, while a Chinese media report said there was a new case of the disease in a 41-year-old man from the city of Foshan in Guangdong province. Today the Jiangxi Provincial Health Family Planning Commission said a 50-year-old woman in Nanchang is in critical condition after being diagnosed as having H7N9. All reports came from Flu Trackers, an infectious disease tracking news board.
Finally, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations today released updated information about H7N9. Since 2013, there have been 931 cases and 355 deaths. Since Jan 4, there have been 106 cases reported.
The update said that poultry markets in Jiangsu province reported a high contamination rate in December, with 15.8% of environmental specimens testing positive for H7.
Jan 11 FluTrackers post
Jan 11 FluTrackers Shanghai post
Jan 11 FluTrackers Foshan post
Jan 11 FAO update
H5N8 strikes more French farms, wild birds in Romania and Switzerland
French agriculture officials yesterday reported 21 more avian influenza outbreaks, 20 involving highly pathogenic H5N8 and one linked to low-pathogenic H5N1, according to separate reports to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)
The latest H5N8 outbreaks struck farms, mostly housing ducks but some raising chickens and turkeys, in three departments, mostly in hard-hit Gers and Landes in the southwestern part of the country. Two of the events occurred in Deux-Sevres department in west central France.
Between all of the locations the virus killed 5,195 of the 97,358 susceptible birds, and the remaining ones were culled to control the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, the investigation into H5N8 outbreaks turned up low-pathogenic H5N1 at a mixed poultry farm in Deux-Sevres department, prompting the culling of 4,670 birds.
Elsewhere in Europe, Romania and Switzerland reported more H5N8 detections in wild birds, according to new reports to the OIE. In Romania, tests on a mute swan found on Dec 30 in a natural park in Iasi County in the eastern part of the country were positive for H5N8. Switzerland today reported three H5N8 detections in wild birds, including a mute swan and a gull found in Zurich, and a coot and a tufted duck found on Lake Geneva.
Jan 10 OIE report on H5N8 in France
Jan 10 OIE report on low path H5N1 in France
Jan 10 OIE report on H5N8 in Romania
Jan 11 OIE report on H5N8 in Switzerland