More Details Emerge on H7N9 Cases in Tibet, Beijing

18 April 2017, at 12:00am

CHINA - Provincial and local officials recently shared more information about recent H7N9 avian flu cases in Tibet and Beijing, two locations far from the epicenter of recent cases.

CIDRAP reports that China is in the midst of by far its largest H7N9 wave, with cases last week passing the 600 mark. Illnesses showed an unusual spike in December and peaked during January and February. Though the number of new cases has declined over the past few weeks, the country continues to report a steady stream of weekly cases from a wide area.

Though no major clinical changes in humans have been seen so far during the unprecedented surge, illnesses have been reported from a broader geographic range, including Tibet, also called Xizang autonomous region, and Beijing.

Cases from the two locations were already noted in the latest reports from Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection, which receives its information from mainland authorities. However, the local governments fleshed out more details in official statements translated and posted by Avian Flu Diary (AFD), an infectious disease news blog.

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

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