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China - Guangdong province announces 4 new bird flu H7N9 cases - February 13, 2015

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  • sharon sanders
    Four cases of H7N9 cases new province
    2015-02-13 17:59:00 Ben

      According to the Ministry of Health and Family Planning Commission report, February 13, 2015, the province added four cases of H7N9 cases. Among them, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, one each, Chaozhou two cases. Dumou patients (male, 51 years old), living in Panyu District, Guangzhou City, has a history of diabetes, February 12 diagnosed cases of H7N9, now Guangzhou designated hospital hospitalized in critical condition; patients Zhao (female, 58 years old), Luohu District, Shenzhen residence, history of hypertension, February 12 patients diagnosed with H7N9, Shenzhen designated hospital now hospitalized in critical condition; Lin patients (male, 82 years old), living Raoping Chaozhou, chronic bronchitis history, February 12 patients diagnosed with H7N9, died; Lin patients (male, 61 years old), living Xiangqiao Chaozhou, history of hypertension, February 12 diagnosed cases of H7N9, now Chaozhou City designated hospital hospitalized in critical condition.


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  • China - Guangdong province announces 4 new bird flu H7N9 cases - February 13, 2015

    The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (February 13) closely monitoring four additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) notified by the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province (GDHFPC), and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel. According to the GDHFPC, the four patients are three males and one female aged from 51 to 82. Among them, a man aged 82 has passed away while the others are currently hospitalised for treatment and in a critical condition.
    To date, 572 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported by the Mainland health authorities, respectively in Guangdong (161 cases), Zhejiang (156 cases), Jiangsu (70 cases), Fujian (58 cases), Shanghai (45 cases), Hunan (24 cases), Anhui (17 cases), Xinjiang (10 cases), Jiangxi (nine cases), Shandong (six cases), Beijing (five cases), Henan (four cases), Guangxi (three cases), Jilin (two cases), Guizhou (one case) and Hebei (one case).
    "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.
    All boundary control points have implemented health surveillance measures. 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 DH's Port Health Office has enhanced body temperature checks with handheld devices.
    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 will be enhanced.
    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 or 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 pages below for more information:
    * The CHP's avian influenza page (; and
    * Global statistics and affected areas of avian influenza in the CHP's website (
    Ends/Friday, February 13, 2015