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  • China - Hong Kong CHP announces new H7 case probably imported from Foshan, Guangdong province - January 10, 2017 - confirmed H7N9

    Most likely H7N9...

    CHP investigates suspected imported human case of avian influenza A(H7)
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    The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (January 10) investigating a suspected imported human case of avian influenza A(H7) in Hong Kong, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

    The boy, aged 10 with good past health, developed fever, cough and vomiting on January 8. He attended the Accident and Emergency Department of North Lantau Hospital in the past two days and was referred to Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) for admission yesterday (January 9). The patient has been in stable condition all along. He was discharged this afternoon but has been re-admitted to hospital for isolation tonight.

    His nasopharyngeal aspirate specimen was preliminarily tested positive for influenza A(H7) virus by PMH tonight. Further test by the CHP's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch is underway.

    Enquiries revealed that the patient and his family travelled to Foshan, Guangdong between December 31, 2016 and January 3, 2017. During their brief stay in the Mainland, the patient visited a relative’s home where a few live chickens were kept but he denied direct contact with these chickens. The family had also visited a market there but denied entry into its poultry section.

    The patient’s close contacts have remained asymptomatic so far and have been put under medical surveillance. Tracing of his other contacts in Hong Kong is underway.

    "The case has been reported to Guangdong and Macau health authorities. We are communicating with the Mainland authority to follow up the patient's exposure and movements in the Mainland. Based on information available thus far, it is classified as an imported case. Epidemiological investigations are ongoing," a spokesman for the CHP said.

    "Locally, three imported human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) were recorded in the past month. The activity of avian influenza is expected to increase in winter based on its seasonal pattern. Letters to doctors, hospitals, schools and institutions will be issued to alert them to the latest situation, " a spokesman for the CHP added.

    "We strongly urge the public to avoid touching birds, poultry or their droppings and visiting poultry markets or farms during travel, particularly in the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays. If feeling unwell such as having fever or cough, wear a mask and seek medical advice at once. Travellers returning from affected areas should consult doctors promptly if symptoms develop and let them know their travel history for prompt diagnosis and treatment," the spokesman said.

    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 underway. The travel industry and other stakeholders are regularly updated on the latest information.

    The public should maintain strict personal, hand, food and environmental hygiene and take heed of the advice below while handling poultry:

    • Avoid touching poultry, birds, animals or their droppings;
    • When buying live chickens, do not touch them and their droppings. Do not blow at their bottoms. Wash eggs with detergent if soiled with faecal matter and cook and consume them immediately. Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling chickens and eggs;
    • Eggs should be cooked well until the white and yolk become firm. Do not eat raw eggs or dip cooked food into any sauce with raw eggs. Poultry should be cooked thoroughly. If there is pinkish juice running from the cooked poultry or the middle part of its bone is still red, the poultry should be cooked again until fully done;
    • Wash hands frequently, especially before touching the mouth, nose or eyes, before handling food or eating, and after going to the toilet, touching public installations or equipment such as escalator handrails, elevator control panels or door knobs, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing; and
    • Wear a mask if fever or respiratory symptoms develop, when going to a hospital or clinic, or while taking care of patients with fever or respiratory symptoms.

    The public may visit the CHP's pages 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/Tuesday, January 10, 2017
    Issued at HKT 22:22



    http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/2...7011001070.htm


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    #933 - Male, 10, onset January 8, hospitalized January 9, stable condition in Hong Kong - traveled from Foshan, Guangdong province



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  • #2
    Hong Kong boy, 10, tests positive for H7N9 virus after visit to mainland China

    Wednesday, 11 January, 2017, 10:29am




    A 10-year-old Hong Kong boy might have become the latest imported case of H7 bird flu reported in the city in this winter. The pupil at Salvation Army Lam Butt Chung Memorial School in Tung Chung previously had a good health record, but he developed a fever and cough and was vomiting on Sunday, the Centre for Health Protection said.
    He went to the emergency department at North Lantau Hospital before being admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital on Monday.
    Following his admission, his condition remained stable, and on Tuesday afternoon he was discharged. However, that evening was re-admitted and isolated.
    A preliminary test showed he was positive for influenza A virus subtype H7. Further testing by the centre was underway.
    The centre’s enquiries revealed the boy and his family had travelled to Foshan, Guangdong province, between December 31 and January 3, during which he had visited a relative’s home where a few live chickens were kept. But he denied having any direct contact with the birds.
    The family had also visited a market but said they did not go into its poultry section.
    The boy’s close contacts remained asymptomatic and had been put under medical surveillance. The centre is tracing his other contacts in Hong Kong.
    He went to school on Friday but has not returned since he fell sick.
    The case was reported to Guangdong and Macau health authorities
    If he is confirmed to have contracted H7N9 on the mainland, his would be the fourth imported case in Hong Kong this winter. The first imported case was reported on December 19.
    The infection, which has typically stricken elderly people in the city, has claimed two lives. All three previous cases involved visits to the mainland.http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/h...n9-virus-after
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    • #3
      Confirmed H7N9:

      Imported human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) confirmed
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      The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (January 11) reported that the suspected imported human case of avian influenza A(H7) affecting a boy aged ten last night (January 10) had been laboratory confirmed. This is the fourth human H7N9 case in Hong Kong this winter.

      His nasopharyngeal aspirate tested positive for influenza A(H7N9) virus upon laboratory testing of the CHP's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch.

      Contact tracing has so far identified 27 close contacts and 70 other contacts.

      Close contacts are the patient's family and school contacts as well as relevant in-patients and visitors of Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH). All have remained asymptomatic. They will be given antiviral prophylaxis with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) for five days, advised to wear a mask and put under medical surveillance for ten days following their last exposure to the patient.

      Other contacts include the patient's school contacts, healthcare workers (HCWs) of North Lantau Hospital and PMH as well as ambulance personnel in patient transfer. Four HCWs of PMH have mild symptoms. Two of them were tested negative for influenza A and two are pending testing. The others have remained asymptomatic. They will be advised to wear a mask and will be put under medical surveillance for ten days following their last exposure to the patient.

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      http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/2...7011100831.htm

      "May the long time sun
      Shine upon you,
      All love surround you,
      And the pure light within you
      Guide your way on."

      "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
      Aristotle

      “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
      Mohandas Gandhi

      Be the light that is within.

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      • #4
        10-year-old child diagnosed with avian influenza schools need not be closed
        2017-01-12 03: 01: 28 |

        A 10-year-old boy who traveled to Foshan yesterday confirmed the infection of H7N9 bird flu as the fourth case of infection in Hong Kong since winter. At present, the boy is in stable condition and is still under isolation in Princess Margaret Hospital. The CHP has so far identified 27 persons who have been in close contact with boys and 70 other contacts. Four medical staff showed mild symptoms, two of whom were negative for influenza A and the other two were waiting for laboratory testing.The Tung Chung Salvation Army Memorial School, in which the boy attended the school, did not need to be closed because the boy was ill during non-school days.

        10-year-old boy in good health in the past, December 31 last year to January 3 this year, went to visit relatives in Foshan, during which relatives had to live chickens at home, returned to Hong Kong for influenza after five days to seek medical advice, Strong hospital for isolation treatment. The nasopharyngeal secretions samples, confirmed by the CHP Public Health Laboratory Services Laboratory yesterday, confirmed a positive reaction to influenza A (H7N9) virus.

        Four medical care have mild symptoms

        The Center for Health Protection (CHP) has confirmed that 27 close contacts and 70 other contacts have been confirmed to date, including family and school contact with boys and hospitalized patients, visitors to Princess Margaret Hospital, and medical services at North Lantau Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital Personnel, and ambulance personnel transporting the patient. Four of the medical staff in Princess Margaret Hospital had mild symptoms. Two of them were negative for influenza A and the other two were waiting for laboratory tests. The rest of the patients had no symptoms and had undergone medical surveillance.

        Boys attended the Tung Chung Salvation Army Lin Bazhong Memorial School Yesterday there are teachers at the school gate for the students sprayed with disinfectant. The school's principal, Mr Lao Yiu-kee, said he had received a notice from the Department of Health on Tuesday night that the boy would not be closed during non-school hours and that he would routinely wash the body every day and encourage students to wash their hands every morning. Wait. He added that a notice would be issued later to inform parents of the case and appeal to parents to pay attention to hygiene during the Lunar New Year. Some parents said that they believed that the school would do a good job in cleaning up and would also take precautionary measures.


        In the past month, a number of avian flu cases were reported in Hong Kong. The Acting Secretary for Food and Health, Mr Chan Chi-chiu, said that the risk of avian influenza continued to exist during this period. The Bureau will closely monitor and pay attention to the situation. The risk of avian influenza in live poultry remains. She stressed that Hong Kong had been communicating with the Mainland on avian flu and would be able to know each other whether there were bird flu outbreaks or case details in each of the two places. The CHP also closely monitors the situation.http://news.takungpao.com/paper/q/20...2/3412386.html
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