Archive for October 31st, 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009

China Ministry of Health: H1N1 Rising Rapidly

The deputy director of China’s health ministry emergency office, Liang Wannian (梁万年) said on Thursday that currently, among all influenza viruses in China, nearly 80 per cent are type A H1N1 viruses. The number of cases were rising quickly, the severity of the cases and cases of death were incessantly rising, schools were reporting that the gravity and number of infections per capita were rather high, and regional differences in the disease weren’t were becoming less evident. Reports from schools seem to indicate some community level outbreaks (聚集性疫情病例). First community outbreaks were confirmed in China on June 26, 2009, in Japan on May 17, in Hong Kong on June 11, and in Macau on June 23. Taiwan reported the first community outbreak on July 25. Wikipedia has compiled a list of first cases, community outbreaks and first deaths confirmed in Asia.

Statistics across China may not be entirely reliable, but the numbers reported showed a rising trend between mid-September and the end of October already, as more than 60 per cent of the 9,103 cases reported by mid-October September had been reported within the three latest weeks.

According to Singapore’s Morning News, the total of cases reported in China was at more than 42,000 three days ago, on Wednesday.

Liang said that as temperatures are now continuously falling, prevention and control needed to be tightened, and the task was becoming more difficult. By the end of October, 26 million flu vaccine doses are scheduled to be on stock to react to the second wave of the epidemic. Students and teachers, aged people, medical and health service staff, and army and police people will be vaccinated first.

Priority being given to the elderly looks somewhat surprising – according to  Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, most cases of severe and fatal infections have been in adults between the ages of 30 and 50 years.

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Related:
Current WHO phase of Pandemic Alert, who.int

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