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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Hong Kong : CHP notified of four additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Mainland

Via CHP :

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) yesterday (February 15) received notification of four additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) respectively in Guangzhou (two cases) from the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province, and in Anhui and Hunan (one case each) from the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

The cases in Guangzhou involve a four-year-old girl and a 79-year-old man. The case in Anhui involves a 14-year-old girl while the case in Hunan is a 46-year-old man. All of them are under treatment in hospital.

As of yesterday, a total of 344 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been confirmed in the Mainland, including Zhejiang (135 cases), Guangdong (68 cases), Shanghai (41 cases), Jiangsu (40 cases), Fujian (20 cases), Hunan (12 cases), Anhui (seven cases), Jiangxi (six cases), Beijing (four cases), Henan (four cases), Guangxi (three cases), Shandong (two cases), Guizhou (one case, imported from Zhejiang) and Hebei (one case).

"Locally, enhanced disease surveillance, port health measures and health education against avian influenza are ongoing. We will remain vigilant and maintain liaison with the World Health Organization (WHO) and relevant health authorities. Local surveillance activities will be modified upon the WHO's recommendations," a spokesman for the DH remarked.

"In view of human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) confirmed in Hong Kong and multiple cases notified by the Mainland, the activity of the virus is expected to be higher in the winter season. Those planning to travel outside Hong Kong should maintain good personal, environmental and food hygiene at all times," the spokesman urged."

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