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The second wave of H7N9 Influenza in 2014


H7N9 human cases in the 2nd wave in China

Since October 2014 H7N9 has re-emerged in eastern China and by the end of February 2014 there have been 252 human cases and H7N9 has been detected in live bird markets in the worst affected provinces.

Features of the second wave include a shift in focus to the south with the main affected provinces being Guangdong and Zhejiang.

Provinces such as Shanghai, Jiangsu an Anhui that were most severely affected in the first wave have been less affected in 2014 and this is thought to be due to significant improvements in biosecurity in live bird markets and reduced numbers of poultry in these areas.

The threat of the H7N9 virus to humans has reduced demand for live birds and wide scale closure of live bird markets in these provinces. This has resulted in reduced prices and limited market access for live birds and severe disruption of supply chains during January and February.

FAO ECTAD China has responded by closely monitoring the situation and working with the Veterinary Bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), it’s China Animal Health and Epidemiology Centre and the FETPV network to implement projects to understand the market chains for the poultry industry, the behavior and evolution of influenza viruses, and to carry out training in surveillance, value chain analysis and biosecurity to assist with limiting the spread within China and to neighbouring countries.