Saturday, December 21, 2013

China #H7N9 - More Important Testing is on lower respiratory tract - Swab not enough.

December 21, 2013
CNR network in Guangzhou on December 21 news (reporter Feng Huiling), according to Voice of China "CNR News" reported that, as of now, the Guangdong provincial people infected with H7N9 bird flu case in six cases, with two cases occurred in Hong Kong in early December , Shenzhen and neighboring cities only in December found eight cases of human infection with the H7N9 avian influenza. Experts said that the current H7N9 appears regional characteristics, does not exclude the limited capacity of human to human transmission of the virus.
Guangdong Provincial Health Department official said that Guangdong has entered the human infection of H7N9 avian influenza cases are prone period, the Chinese Academy of Engineering academician Zhong Nanshan believe that the current H7N9 also belong sporadic, but obviously with regional characteristics.
Zhong Nanshan: Now is a sporadic performance, but with a characteristic with regional, so-called culture that results in Yangjiang Shenzhen, the Pearl River Delta to such a culture, the region continued to be found a few we want to vigilance.
Zhong Nanshan said that medical personnel are currently sequencing of the virus, is to monitor whether the virus mutates in a timely manner, there still does not rule out the limited capacity of the H7N9 virus from person to person exists.
Zhong Nanshan: Now adds a few cases in a short time, we are now trying to figure out its sequencing has no special changes. Until now we have observed a total of more than 150 cases, two cases may seem like a limited person to person, because it has some special conditions, the two cases are very close contact with the family, and this would not explain full person to person, but very limited.
Guangdong hospitalized medical patients when most serious condition, Zhong Nanshan alert medical staff symptoms for some patients to repeated testing.
Zhong Nanshan: Some start is negative, there are some less qualified its agents, and the second is the location, just swab is not enough, now more important is the lower respiratory tract, so it is very important to improve the detection rate, all flu symptoms to repeated testing.
Shu Yuelong, director of China CDC Influenza Center, said the winter has always been the peak season of influenza virus, the virus is more active in the outside environment, survive longer, H7N9 sporadic cases may have occurred.
Shuyue Long: It should be said that the major was the first try to avoid contact with live poultry and including live bird markets, live bird markets from Spring Festival this year seems indeed a high-risk places.

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