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  • China - CHP notified of human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in Guangxi

    Thursday, December 1, 2016

    The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (December 1) received notification of an additional human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in Guangxi from the National Health and Family Planning Commission, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

    The case involved a 30-year-old female farmer from Liuzhou. She developed symptoms on November 8 and was hospitalised on November 18. She is now in a serious condition. The patient had contact with dead poultry before the onset of symptoms.

    "Based on the seasonal pattern of avian influenza viruses, their activity in the Mainland is expected to increase in winter. The public should avoid contact with poultry, birds and their droppings and should not visit live poultry markets and farms to prevent avian influenza," a spokesman for the CHP said.

    From 2014 to date, 16 human cases of avian influenza A(H5N6) have been reported by the Mainland health authorities.

    "All novel influenza A infections, including H5N6, are notifiable infectious diseases in Hong Kong," the spokesman said.

    "We will remain vigilant and work closely with the World Health Organization and relevant health authorities to monitor the latest developments," the spokesman added.

    The CHP's Port Health Office conducts health surveillance measures at all boundary control points. Thermal imaging systems are in place for body temperature checks on inbound travellers. Suspected cases will be immediately referred to public hospitals for follow-up.

    The display of posters and broadcasting of health messages in departure and arrival halls as health education for travellers is under way. The travel industry and other stakeholders are regularly updated on the latest information.

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    If confirmed by WHO, this will be the 11th case in 2016:


    Male, 25, onset January 1, 2016, hospitalized January 4, 2016 in critical condition, Longgang, Shenzhen, Guangdong province Death WHO rpt Jan. 11 note

    Male, 42, onset December 12, hospitalized December 12, died December 21, 2015, lived in Jieyang City, Guangdong province Death WHO rpt Jan 11

    Female, 31, onset January 8, hospitalized in critical condition, Futian, Shenzhen, Guangdong province WHO rpt Jan 28

    Child, 5, 1st documented H5N6 case from 2014 - case referred retroactively to in
    WHO rpt Jan 20

    Female, 40, onset February 20, hospitalized February 22, critical condition, Guizhou, Guangdong province WHO rpt March 23 WHO rpt April 4 Death note

    Male, 35, onset April 9, hospitalized April 12, critical condition, Hubei WHO rpt May 6

    Female, 11, onset April 11, hospitalized April 13, ICU April 18, discharged, Zhuzhou City, Hunan note WHO rpt May 6

    Female, 65, onset April 24, hospitalized April 27, Xuancheng, Anhui WHO rpt May 10

    Male, 50, [Tian], onset May 23, hospitalized in critical condition May 28, Xiangxi, Hunan WHO rpt June 8 Death note

    Female, 47, [Luo], hospitalized on November 18, died on November 20, Shaoyang, Hunan Death

    Female, 30, onset November 8, hospitalized November 18 in serious condition, Luizhou, Guangxi

    Source: FluTrackers Cumulative H5N6 Case List link