Thursday, 6 February 2014

H7N9 snapdate: Zhejiang in the East, Guangdong in the South

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Zhejiang province is still climbing in eastern China despite market closures almost 2-weeks ago. 

Guangdong in the south surpasses 50 cases as well as Shanghai municipality and Jiangsu province, in terms of total counts.

Fujian province adds a few cases (at least some markets have been closed for disinfection) and now Hunan province is rising above the background "noise".

CIDRAP recently noted that United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was confident that Vietnam, on the border with Guangxi province (now at 3 cases), had not detected any "signs" (ill people, PCR positive birds..?) of H7N9 to date but intimated porous borders were a reality. And in China, market closures do not necessarily mean a halt to the purchase and household preparation of live/freshly killed poultry; they just necessitate a longer trip into the countryside to maintain spring festival meal traditions.