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Malaysia reported a human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) virus

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Témoignages.re / 17 February 2014

On 12 February 2014, The Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia reported a human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.

A 67 year old woman tourist from Guangdong Province, China, arrived in Malaysia on 3 February in a tour group of 17 persons, including relatives, and stayed overnight in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The tour group then went on a visit to Sabah, Malaysia from 4 to 6 February. On 7 February, she was admitted to hospital and later transferred to another hospital in Sabah. The patient is currently in a stable condition.

Four days prior to travelling to Malaysia, on 30 January 2014, she was treated in China for symptoms of fever, cough, flu, fatigue and joint pain. Given the onset of symptoms, and travel dates, the most likely exposure occurred before arrival in Malaysia.
The Malaysia Ministry of Health is conducting an investigation including contact tracing and is also coordinating information sharing with the Chinese Government.

News from China

On 13 February 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of seven additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.
All the cases are male, the age range is 8 to 84 years old. Cases were reported from Zhejiang (3), Guangdong (3) and Hunan (1). Currently, three cases are in a critical condition, three cases are in a severe condition and one case is in a mild condition. All cases are reported to have had a history of exposure to live poultry.

Details of the cases

An 84 year-old farmer from in Jinhua City, Zhejiang Province, who became ill on 6 February and was admitted to hospital on 10 February. He is currently in a critical condition. The patient has a history of exposure to live poultry.

A 58 year-old farmer from Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, who became ill on 29 January and was admitted to hospital on the same day and transferred to another hospital on 8 February. He is currently in a severe condition. The patient has a history of exposure to live poultry.

A 46 year-old farmer from Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, who became ill on 4 February and was admitted to hospital on 9 February. He is currently in a severe condition. The patient has a history of exposure to live poultry.

An 8-year old boy from Zhaoqing City, Guangdong Province, who became ill on 6 February and was admitted to hospital on 7 February. He is currently in a mild condition. The patient has a history of exposure to live poultry.

A 46-year old farmer from Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, who became ill on 4 February and was admitted to hospital on 7 February and transferred to another hospital on 10 February. He is currently in a critical condition. The patient has a history of exposure to live poultry.

A 65-year old farmer from Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, who became ill on 3 February and was admitted to hospital on 9 February. He is currently in a critical condition. The patient has a history of exposure to live poultry

A 19 year-old man from Loudi City, Hunan Province, who became ill on 28 January and was admitted to hospital on 9 February. He is currently in severe condition. The patient has a history of exposure to live poultry.

The Chinese Government has taken the following surveillance and control measures:

- strengthen surveillance and situation analysis;

- reinforce case management and treatment; and

- conduct risk communication with the public and release information;


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