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China's H7N9 Cases Spike, Led by Infections in Beijing

24 April 2017

CHINA - After several weeks of declining H7N9 avian influenza activity, China's cases are rising again, partly related to a recent spurt of local infections in Beijing, an area that usually doesn't see many cases and is located north of the main hot spots.

Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP), citing mainland health officials, said that 27 more cases, 7 of them fatal, were reported from Apr 14 to Apr 20. Seven of them are in Beijing. Cases peaked in January and February, but over the past few weeks, new infections had declined to about 15 a week.

New cases in 10 provinces

Of the latest patients, 21 had known exposure to poultry, poultry markets, or market stalls. Ages range from 34 to 79, and 16 are men and 11 are women.

China is still in the fifth and largest H7N9 wave, and patients are from a much wider geographic range, as has been the recent pattern. The latest cases include residents from Beijing and 10 provinces.

Read the full article on the Centre for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) website here.

Further Reading

You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.

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