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  • China - Yunnan province announces new H5N1 bird flu case - March 23, 2015

    CHP notified by NHFPC of one human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) in Yunnan
    ************************************************** ********* The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (March 23) received notification from the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of a human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) affecting a man aged 34 in Yunnan.

    According to the information provided by NHFPC, the patient lives in Kunming and had been exposed to poultry. He developed a fever on March 13 and attended a local hospital on March 15. He is currently hospitalised for treatment and is in a serious condition. His specimen, which was tested by the relevant authority, was positive for avian influenza A(H5N1).

    "Locally, we will remain vigilant and work closely with the World Health Organization and relevant health authorities to monitor the latest developments," a spokesman for the DH said.

    Health surveillance measures have been implemented at all boundary control points. Thermal imaging systems are in place for body temperature checks on inbound travellers and the DH also conducts temperature checks by handheld devices. Suspected cases will be immediately referred to public hospitals for follow-up.

    Regarding health education for travellers, the display of posters and broadcasting of health messages in departure and arrival halls, environmental health inspection and provision of regular updates to the travel industry and other stakeholders are ongoing.

    Travellers, especially those returning from avian influenza-affected areas with fever or respiratory symptoms, should immediately wear masks, seek medical attention and reveal their travel history to doctors. Health-care professionals should pay special attention to patients who might have had contact with poultry, birds or their droppings in affected areas.

    The public should remain vigilant and take heed of the advice against avian influenza below:

    * Do not visit live poultry markets and farms. Avoid contact with poultry, birds and their droppings;
    * If contact has been made, thoroughly wash hands with soap;
    * Avoid entering areas where poultry may be slaughtered and contact with surfaces which might be contaminated by droppings of poultry or other animals;
    * Poultry and eggs should be thoroughly cooked before eating;
    * Wash hands frequently with soap, especially before touching the mouth, nose or eyes, handling food or eating; after going to the toilet or touching public installations or equipment (including escalator handrails, elevator control panels and door knobs); and when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing;
    * Cover the nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing, hold the spit with a tissue and put it into a covered dustbin;
    * Avoid crowded places and contact with fever patients; and
    * Wear masks when respiratory symptoms develop or when taking care of fever patients.

    The public may visit the CHP's pages below for more information:

    * The avian influenza page (;
    * The weekly Avian Influenza Report (;
    * Global statistics and affected areas of avian influenza (;
    * The Facebook Page (; and
    * The YouTube Channel (
    Ends/Monday, March 23, 2015
    Issued at HKT 17:36


  • #2
    Yunnan Province confirmed case of human infection with highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza

    [Index: 01510047-20150323-5301]
    Health and Family Planning Commission of Yunnan Province March 23 briefing, Yunnan Provincial Health Department in the spring after entering the flu and other respiratory diseases in the high season, stepped up surveillance of influenza, pneumonia and other unknown causes. In monitoring, from one case of severe pneumonia cases were detected positive for H5N1 avian influenza virus nucleic acid. Health and Family Planning Commission of Yunnan experts for consultation and assessment, clinical manifestations comprehensive cases, laboratory test results and epidemiological history, diagnosis in this case human infection of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza.Experts judged believe in this case appears to sporadic cases. The epidemiological investigation, the case history of contact with live poultry before the onset.
    Patients were male, 34 years old, currently living Xishan District. March 13 the disease, 18 to a provincial hospital in Kunming hospital treatment and income. On the 20th, the provincial and municipal disease control center laboratory detected the H5N1 bird flu virus prevention nucleic acid positive. 22 evening, the Chinese Center for Disease Control to review the test results for the H5N1 avian influenza virus nucleic acid positive. Currently, patients have been transferred to hospitals for isolation and treatment, all close contacts did not appear abnormal situation does not appear human to human transmission.

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    • #3
      This is the 3rd reported H5N1 case this year in China:

      24) China - Female, 37, onset January 14, hospitalized January 20

      93) China - Male, 46, onset February 18, hospitalized February 21, died February 27, Sichuan Death

      106) China - Male, 34, onset March 13, hospitalized March 18, Yunnan


      FluTrackers 2015 Global H5N1 Case List link