Dr. Ian Mackay has already blogged the story, and updated his map this morning, on the most northern report of H7N9 to date in China – that of a 50 year-old male poultry farmer from Jilin Province who is reportedly isolated and in stable condition.
It is worth noting that Jilin province lies adjacent to North Korea, a closed society that rarely reports on any public health situations.
While there are a number of media reports on this case (see FluTrackers thread here), thus far I’ve not found any official statement from the Jilin Provincial authorities. The following (machine translated) report comes from Xinhua News.
At 20:04 on February 21, 2014
Source: Legal Network
Xinhua Changchun February 21 (Reporter Yao Youming) 21, the Jilin Provincial Government Information Office announced that the H7N9 bird flu found in Changchun City's first confirmed case of human infection, which is also confirmed cases of H7N9 bird flu first case of human infection in Jilin .
It is understood that the patient was a 50-year-old man surnamed Liang, currently residing in net Development Zone in Changchun, poultry farming, currently implemented in the hospital for isolation and treatment, the condition is more stable. After investigation of the epidemiological investigation of close contacts of patients have been implemented under medical observation, did not reveal any abnormalities.
Jilin Provincial Government Information Office official microblogging "Jilin release," said the Changchun City CDC received reports of 19 May, the First Hospital of Jilin University, admitted to a pneumonia patient with history of exposure to dead poultry. Changchun City CDC immediately organize relevant personnel to carry out epidemiological surveys and collect patient specimens for testing, the results of human infection of H7N9 avian influenza virus positive by the Jilin Provincial CDC complex, the results are positive. 21 am Chinese CDC review the results as positive feedback.
Jilin Provincial Government has launched the emergency response. Changchun City is fully deployed to implement the emergency response and control measures.
2014-02-21 14:01:48 / Ministry of Health and Family Planning Commission
Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province on February 21 briefing, Guangzhou, Zhaoqing, Jiangmen City 3 3 new cases of human infection of H7N9 avian influenza confirmed cases.
The first case is a female, 46 years old, currently residing in Zhaoqing Sihui. Confirmed on February 19, currently treated in a hospital.
The second case is a male, 64 years old, currently residing in Haizhu District of Guangzhou. Died on February 18. Retrospectively confirmed on February 19.
The third case is a male, 69 years old, currently residing in Jiangmen, Kaiping City. Confirmed on February 20, currently treated at a local hospital.
An earlier Shenzhen case, confirmed on January 30, one in Tangmou and one in Zhaoqing City, confirmed on February 7, recovered.
Sharon Sanders on Flutrackers has already added these four cases to her terrific H7N9 Case Line List, without which I’d never be able to keep these cases straight.
#362 - Woman, 46, Zhaoqing Sihui. Confirmed on February 19, currently treated in a hospital. Guangdong province
#363 - Man, 64, Haizhu District of Guangzhou. Died on February 18. Retrospectively confirmed on February 19. Guangdong province Death
#364 - Man, 69, Jiangmen, Kaiping City. Confirmed on February 20, currently treated at a local hospital. Guangdong province
#365 - Man, 50, engaged in poultry farming. Currently treated in isolation at hospital, in stable condition, hospitalized on Feb 19, confirmed on Feb 21. Jilin Province
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