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  • China - CHP notified of two additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Guangdong - not previously known

    CHP notified of two additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Guangdong
    ************************************************** ** The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) was today (January 14) notified of two additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Guangdong, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

    According to the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province, the two patients in Jieyang and Zhongshan were hospitalised for treatment in stable condition.

    "H5 and H7N9 avian influenza viruses can cause severe infections in humans. Due to the seasonal pattern, our risk assessment shows that the activity of avian influenza viruses is expected to increase in winter months. Increased numbers of human H5N6 and H7N9 cases have been recorded in the Mainland since this winter. Locally, birds positive for H5N6 were also detected this winter. The public, particularly poultry traders, travellers and those who may visit the Mainland in the coming Lunar New Year, should be highly alert. Do not visit poultry markets and farms. Avoid poultry contact. We will continue to monitor the regional and global disease situation," a spokesman for the CHP said.

    From 2013 to date, 680 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported by the Mainland health authorities.

    The DH'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 broadcast 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.

    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 (;
    * The avian influenza-affected areas and global statistics (;
    * The Facebook Page (; and
    * The YouTube Channel (
    Ends/Thursday, January 14, 2016
    Issued at HKT 17:22


  • #2
    Both of the cases noted above are new cases. Below is the Guangdong province notification that states there have been 3 new H7N9 cases so far in 2016: One previous case is already known and listed:

    #696 - Female, 58, reported January 9 - probable January case, hospitalized in critical condition, Jieyang,
    Guangdong province


    Guangdong H7N9, H5N6 epidemic reporting (January 14)

    2016-01-14 16:19:57 Ministry of Health and Family Planning Commission
    • Guangdong healthfont

    2016 The first two weeks (January 7 to January 14 10:00) province reports new H7N9 cases, two cases, current address, respectively Jieyang City and Zhongshan. New H5N6 cases one case, the Shenzhen report. Up to now, the province reported a total of 2016 H7N9 cases, 3 cases, 1 death; H5N6 cases, 2 cases.

    Experts judged : the province H7N9, H5N6 sporadic cases, January-February period of as much; the popular features and pathogenic biological characteristics have not changed, does not have human transmission conditions, the public need not panic too much. Experts advise : the epidemic season, the people (especially the elderly, children, pregnant women, there is the basis of low population immunity disease patients) should as far as possible not to have the sale of live poultry farmer's market. Reducing unnecessary people in close contact with live poultry may be effective in preventing human infection with H7N9, H5N6 flu. Prevention and control of H7N9, H5N6 flu, to achieve the "three to three not" want to wash their hands: after contact with poultry, wash hands before meals and after. To cook: poultry and eggs should be cooked before eating. To early treatment: If fever, cough, headache, general malaise and other respiratory symptoms, we should as soon as possible to the nearest medical institution for treatment. If contact with poultry before, to take the initiative to tell the doctor. Do not eat dead poultry. Do not buy from unknown sources poultry products.

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    • #3
      34M Jieyang City stable

      34M Tanzhou Town, Zhongshan City onset 25-Dec-15, 26-Dec-15 to local community centre , 29-Dec-15 acerbation and transferred to Zhuhai 5 branched [Big Five] Hospital, currently stable, multiple exposures- green grocer [sold vegetables] at LPM [
      Zhongshan Daily]

      I'll update links later!


      • #4
        Zhongshan City, one case of H7N9 bird flu confirmed
        Zhongshan disease control departments to remind: 1-2 month of high prevalence season, the public should pay attention to prevention
        Source: Zhongshan Daily 2016-01-15 Section 7669 A1 release date: January 15, 2016

        Zhongshan Daily January 15 hearing yesterday morning, the city held H7N9 bird flu prevention and control work conference, the reporter learned from the meeting, on January 13 the city to Diagnose H7N9 bird flu, currently the patient's condition improved markedly, are actively treatment . The meeting noted that according to the monitoring, the city is about to enter the bird flu-prone season, the city's district towns should strengthen the prevention and control work of urgency, to do scientific prevention and control.

        According to reports, the city Tanzhou confirmed this case is a 34 year old male, lived in the town of fourteen village, selling vegetables in the market, opposite his stall was selling live birds, he also raised a few house only live poultry, he has also been sending their children to school every day live bird markets. December 25 last year, the disease, the 26th win in the same community health service stations for treatment, ineffective, then go to the local hospital, the 29th sicker, then transferred to the treatment of the five branches of Zhuhai, Zhongshan, January 13, the provincial disease control Center review, confirmed human infection of H7N9 avian influenza. The condition improved patient currently being treated.

        CDC said that since early February 2014 the city's first case of human infection with H7N9 report bird flu cases since, as of December 31, 2015, the city reported a total of eight cases of human infection with the H7N9 bird flu cases, including six cases of onset cases focus on the month in January and February, two cases of onset in May; 5 cases for adults, 3 for children; adults develop severe pneumonia cases were, including two deaths; children's cases are mild cases, no deaths . The city reported a total of 2 from family clusters of disease, suggesting that there may be a limited person to person.

        According to the epidemiological characteristics, CDC predicts that this year 1--2 month of high prevalence season, more probable cases, and the rest will be scattered occurrence month; cases will occur in live poultry active trading area, the failure to implement "fresh listing "region, urban-rural farmers' markets; cases occurred mainly in the elderly, children and patients with other underlying diseases.

        City CDC immunization Deputy Chief ?????? awake citizens Spring Festival approaching, some people love to buy live poultry raised in the home, and then eat a few days before, which is more dangerous. In addition, live bird markets and intensive farmers market fresh market designed not implemented are at risk, some basic diseases for the elderly and children are less resistant to susceptible people, it is recommended that you try not to touch live poultry , especially not at home rearing, reduce contact with live poultry; poultry products processed at home after use detergent wash hands; poultry, eggs should be cooked to be processed cooking, then eat; influenza vaccination.

        Yang Wenlong, vice mayor at the meeting, the district towns to organize cleaning and disinfection and temporary market closed work, implement live bird markets, "1110" system, for the prevention and control work to do real good.