H7N9 influenza - now in Beijing

Saturday, 13 April, 2013

The first case of H7N9 influenza has just been confirmed in Beijing - a 7 year old girl. Total confirmed cases is now 44 with 11 deaths; a case fatlaity rate of 25%. The girl's father works in the poultry industry. Chinese authorities have officially reported detection of this H7N9 virus in bird samples collected from chickens, quails, ducks and captive-bred pigeons at live bird markets in areas where humans have been affected (UN FAO 12 April 2013).

All 31 provincial influenza labs in China now have reagents to diagnose H7N9; so additional cases have a higher likelihood of being detected outside the four previously positive eastern provinces (Shanghai, Anhui,
Jiangsu and Zhejiang).

Posted by Rick Speare