July 20, 2013
Hong Kong (HKSAR) - The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) has been notified by the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) an additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Hebei today (July 20) affecting a 61-year-old woman.
The patient developed cough andfever on July 10 and sought medical attention at a local hospital for further management on July 13. She was transferred to a hospital in Beijing on July 18 and she is currently in critical condition.
The patient's respiratory specimen tested positive for avian influenza A(H7N9) virus upon laboratory testing by the Beijing health authority.
To date, a total of 133 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been laboratory confirmed in the Mainland, including Zhejiang (46 cases), Shanghai (33 cases), Jiangsu (28 cases), Jiangxi (six cases), Fujian (five cases), Anhui (four cases), Henan (four cases), Shandong (two cases), Hunan (two cases), Beijing (two cases) and Hebei (one case).