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  • China - Man, 80, hospitalized in Hong Kong, confirmed H7N9 - recent illness in Shenzhen - December 6, 2013

    [Source: RTHK, full text in Chinese: (LINK).]


    Hong Kong announced one new suspected human H7N9 case


    News that Hong Kong and then found a suspected case of human infection of H7N9 avian influenza. Director, Centre for Health Protection, Dr TH Leung and HA Chief Manager, Dr Liu Shao evening will be on the latest situation.


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    Re: Hong Kong announced one new suspected human H7N9 case (RTHK, December 6 2013, edited)

    [Source: RTHK, full page in Chinese: (LINK). Automatic translation.]


    Hong Kong confirmed second case of H7N9 human infection


    News that Hong Kong confirmed the second case of human H7N9 avian influenza infection, the patient was a 80-year-old Nagai Mainland men who eat chicken in the mainland, is currently in Tuen Mun Hospital in stable condition.

    Director, Centre for Health Protection, Dr TH Leung and HA Chief Manager, Dr Liu Shao will later on the latest situation.


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      Re: Hong Kong announced one new human H7N9 case (RTHK, December 6 2013, edited)

      Translation Google

      New cases of H7N9 patients Nagai Shenzhen

      At 21:26 on December 6th, 2013 Friday

      Hong Kong's second case of H7N9 within five days of receipt of infections. Sources, the patient is elderly, a long residence in Shenzhen, on Tuesday because of his diabetes to Tuen Mun Hospital for treatment, and subsequently found that lung infection, rapid tests positive, he is currently in stable condition.


      Add one of H7N9 cases, the patient is currently in Tuen Mun Hospital in stable condition.

      It is understood that the patient was a 80-year-old Hong Kong man over the age of permanent residence in Shenzhen this week because of diabetes problems, accompanied by his son, the return of Hong Kong from Shenzhen, take a taxi to the Accident and Emergency Department of Tuen Mun Hospital for treatment.

      When Uncle admission, there is no fever and cough, and no upper respiratory infection, but lung X-ray showed a slight inflammation. He admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital, after the fever, the hospital Friday for his quick test proved positive for the H7N9 response.

      Currently hospitalized in isolation wards temporarily stable condition.
      Sources, the uncle and his wife settled in Shenzhen, long-term, as well as four children, two of which also live in Shenzhen.

      This is five days in Hong Kong, the second case of H7N9 cases, two patients are within the incubation period to Shenzhen.

      The first case was a patient printed commission, last month went to Shenzhen slaughter chickens eating, after returning cough, and then admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital in critical condition, and then transferred to Queen Mary Hospital for treatment. It is understood that her condition has not deteriorated.

      India commission of 17 close contacts, tests confirmed that all is negative, part of the transfer Lady MacLehose Holiday Village isolation.

      Centre for Health Protection and the Hospital Authority, held a press conference at quarter past nine, on the latest situation.

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        Re: Hong Kong announced one new human H7N9 case (RTHK, December 6 2013, edited)

        Translation Google

        Hong Kong confirmed the second case of human infection with H7N9 avian flu cases

        December 6, 2013 22:38:50 Source: Xinhua

        Xinhua Hong Kong, December 6 (Reporter Xie Greek language) in Hong Kong on the 6th of local second confirmed case of human infection of avian influenza H7N9 cases, the patient was a 80-year-old who resides in Shenzhen man, is currently receiving treatment at Tuen Mun Hospital in stable condition.

        Centre for Health Protection, Department of Health, Hong Kong SAR Government Leung Ting-**** , this is a case of imported cases, patients because diabetes problems, the 3rd Hong Kong via Shenzhen Bay Port returns to the hospital for treatment, no fever on admission, until the 6th to appear fever.

        Leung Ting-**** said that, there is no evidence that the virus appears gene mutation, community outbreaks of risk remains low. He also stressed that the National Health and Family Planning Commission has been informed of the case, Shenzhen aspects will assist in understanding the patient in Shenzhen who have been in contact, and arrange for them to receive medical observation.

        Infectious Disease Centre, University of Hong Kong director Ho Pak-leung said the infection H7N9 avian influenza in poultry without surface disease, difficult to identify, the government should adopt a more stringent control measures as a precaution.

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        • #5
          Re: Hong Kong announced one new human H7N9 case (RTHK, December 6 2013, edited)

          [Source: Centre for Health Protection, Hong Kong PRC SAR, full page: (LINK).]


          Second confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Hong Kong under CHP investigation


          The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (December 6) investigating another confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Hong Kong affecting a man aged 80.

          The patient, with underlying medical condition, lives in Shenzhen. He was admitted to a hospital in Shenzhen for management of his chronic illness from November 13 to 29.

          On December 3, he arrived in Hong Kong with his three family members via Shenzhen Bay Port Border Control Point (SBP BCP) and subsequently took a taxi there in the afternoon to the Accident and Emergency Department (AED) of Tuen Mun Hospital (TMH) where he was admitted for further management of his chronic illness on the same day.

          The patient had no fever upon admission. However, he developed fever this morning and was put under isolation immediately. His nasopharyngeal swab was tested positive for the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus upon laboratory testing by the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch of the CHP today.

          The patient will be transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital for isolation. His current condition is stable.

          Initial investigation by the CHP revealed that his family members who had either accompanied him to or visited him in TMH have remained asymptomatic.

          "The Serious Response Level under the Government's Preparedness Plan for Influenza Pandemic has been activated while the CHP's epidemiological investigation and follow-up actions are currently in full swing," a CHP spokesman remarked.

          The spokesman urged the taxi driver who had taken the male patient on wheelchair and his three family members comprising one man and two women at SBP BCP at about 2.15pm on December 3 and arrived in the AED of TMH at about 2.50pm to contact the CHP hotline (2125 1111) immediately.

          Contact tracing for his family members in Hong Kong, patients in TMH who stayed in the same cubicle with the confirmed patient as well as healthcare workers in TMH and relevant hospital visitors are under way. They will be put under medical surveillance.

          This is the second confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Hong Kong.

          The CHP will issue letters to doctors and hospitals to keep them abreast of the latest situation.

          "The confirmed case has been notified to the World Health Organization, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) as well as health and quarantine authorities of Guangdong and Macau," the spokesman said.

          Locally, enhanced surveillance over suspected cases in public and private hospitals is under way. The CHP will continue to maintain liaison with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Mainland and overseas health authorities to monitor the latest developments and obtain timely and accurate information. Local surveillance activities will be modified according to the WHO's recommendations.

          "All border control points (BCPs) have implemented disease prevention and control measures. Thermal imaging systems are in place at BCPs for body temperature checks of inbound travellers. The DH has liaised with the Auxiliary Medical Service and the Civil Aid Service to deploy additional manpower at BCPs to conduct random temperature checks using handheld devices. Suspected cases will be immediately referred to public hospitals for follow-up investigation," the spokesman said.

          Regarding health education for travellers at BCPs, the distribution of health education pamphlets, display of posters on avian influenza A(H7N9) in departure and arrival halls, in-flight public announcements, environmental health inspection and the provision of regular updates to the travel industry via meetings and correspondence have all been escalated. The DH will keep a close eye on the latest developments and adopt corresponding port health measures.

          "We have enhanced our publicity and health education on the prevention of avian influenza. The CHP has also sent letters to government departments and related organisations to reinforce our health advice on the prevention of avian influenza," the spokesman added.

          The CHP hotline (2125 1111) has been set up for public enquiries. As of 4pm today, 69 calls had been received.

          Meanwhile, the CHP today verified with the NHFPC an additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Zhejiang affecting a man aged 30. The case was confirmed on December 5 and the patient is currently receiving treatment in a hospital in Hangzhou.

          "Travellers, especially those returning from avian influenza A(H7N9)-affected areas with fever or respiratory symptoms, are reminded to immediately wear facial masks, seek medical attention and reveal their travel history to a doctor. Healthcare professionals should also pay special attention to patients who might have had contact with birds, poultry or their droppings in affected areas," the spokesman advised.

          The spokesman also urged travellers not to visit live poultry markets in the affected areas and avoid direct contact with poultry, birds and their droppings. If contact has been made, they should thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water.

          Members of the public should remain vigilant and are reminded to take heed of the following preventive advice against avian influenza:
          • 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 such as escalator handrails, elevator control panels or door knobs; or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing;
          • Cover the nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing, and hold the spit with a tissue and put it into a covered dustbin;
          • Avoid crowded places and contact with fever patients; and
          • Wear a mask when respiratory symptoms develop or when taking care of fever patients.
          The public may visit the CHP's avian influenza page (www.chp.gov.hk/en/view_content/24244.html ) and its website (www.chp.gov.hk/files/pdf/global_statistics_avian_influenza_e.pdf ) for more information on avian influenza-affected areas.


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            Re: Hong Kong announced one new human H7N9 case (RTHK, December 6 2013, edited)

            [Source: RTHK, full text in Chinese: (LINK). Automatic translation.]


            Hong Kong, Authorities to investigate whether the second H7N9 case had contact with live poultry

            Dec 6 ‘13


            After return from Shenzhen an 80 year-old man has been diagnosed with H7N9 avian influenza infection, the second case reported in Hong Kong this week; the authorities believe both cases are imported from Mainland China.

            The Patient with long-term resident in Shenzhen, itself has diabetes.

            Director, Centre for Health Protection Leung Ting-**** said there was no evidence to show how the patient has been exposed to infection, still have to understand if there were contact with live birds.

            Leung Ting-**** said that with the patient's family members live in Shenzhen, there are no immediate signs that the current understanding of how many people still have contact with the patient.

            Leung Ting-**** said there is no evidence the virus mutates, nor have sustained human to human transmission capacity, the risk of a community outbreak is still low.


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              Re: Hong Kong announced one new human H7N9 case (RTHK, December 6 2013, edited)

              [Source: RTHK, full text in Chinese: (1) (LINK), (2) (LINK), (3) (LINK). Automatic translation.]


              Hong Kong, First two human cases of H7N9 infection, border surveillance issues reported

              ________

              (1) Patients’ Health Conditions

              The new human case of avian influenza H7N9 infection, an 80-year-old male patient was transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital for isolation and treatment of infectious disease center, reportedly in stable condition.

              Regarding the first confirmed case, an Indonesian worker, she remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Queen Mary Hospital, although her situation has slighlty improved, no artificial lung assist with breathing.

              The CHP is still tracing the source of infection in these two cases.
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              (2) Kowloon City Market showed a decreased buyers flow

              After the discovery of the Hong Kong's second case of human infection with H7N9 avian flu virus, in Kowloon City Market, there are stall that people come to buy chicken significantly reduced, only half the usual turnover.

              Also stall that will reduce the purchase chickens from the Mainland to strengthen the stalls clean, by the usual three-day cleaning, four times a day increased to ten times.

              There are people that come to buy chicken, have confidence in the local chicken, chicken cooking time will be spared protection, including gloves and try to cook.

              There are people worried about bird flu, intends to temporarily do not eat chicken, even eat chicken from France will choose that health will be better.  
              ________

              (3) Hong Kong Border Points Understaffed Unions said

              Within a week there were two confirmed human cases of H7N9 avian influenza, newly diagnosed patients in stable condition, with the health condition of the Indonesian worker improved, with no artificial lung assist breathing, but still in critical condition.

              Government to strengthen port monitoring temperature of travelers, however, have health assistants union said, declining manpower, worry about "leaked eyes", "might not be able to identify the symptoms of suspected cases.

              In addition, there are chicken vendors say business is less than half than usual.


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                Re: Hong Kong announced one new human H7N9 case (RTHK, December 6 2013, edited)

                [Source: RTHK, full text in Chinese: (LINK). Automatic translation.]


                Hong Kong, A close contact of the second H7N9 case still asymptomatic


                A return from Shenzhen's 80 year-old man diagnosed with H7N9 avian influenza infection, the second confirmed case reported in Hong Kong.

                The Taxi driver that pick up the patient when he rushed to the hospital A&E, after symptoms check did not become infected.


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                  Re: Hong Kong announced one new human H7N9 case (RTHK, December 6 2013, edited)

                  [Source: Government of Hong Kong PRC SAR, full page: (LINK).]


                  Second human H7N9 case confirmed

                  December 06, 2013


                  Centre for Health Protection Controller Dr Leung Ting-**** tonight confirmed the second human case of avian influenza A (H7N9), involving an 80-year-old man who is in stable condition.

                  The man lives in Shenzhen and went to Tuen Mun Hospital from Shenzhen Bay for treatment for an underlying illness on December 3.

                  He developed fever today and tested positive for the virus. He will be transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital for isolation.

                  Dr Leung said the Government has notified the Shenzhen authorities to follow up, and the centre will continue the contact tracing work.

                  He said the patient has not contacted any previous human confirmed case, and the centre is investigating whether he has been in contact with poultry there.

                  As Hong Kong’s temperature has dropped recently, Dr Leung has expected the human H7N9 case may occur in the coming weeks or months.

                  Despite this, he said there is no evidence the virus can spread from person to person, and the outbreak risk is low.

                  Dr Leung appealed to the public to stay away from poultry and wet markets outside of Hong Kong, and tell doctors their travel history if they fall ill.


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                    Re: Hong Kong announced one new human H7N9 case (RTHK, December 6 2013, edited)

                    The second case of avian flu man with hearing impairments to communicate problems

                    07/12/2013 4:59 PM

                    Hong Kong's second confirmed case of human infection of H7N9 avian influenza cases, the patient is a long-lived eighty-year-old man in Shenzhen, the current isolation and treatment of infectious disease center at Princess Margaret Hospital in stable condition.

                    Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man refers to patients with hearing barrier, communication problems, whether he is still in contact tracing in Shenzhen had chickens, or been to downtown, but it may have been eating chicken, I believe this case is imported cases.

                    While the CHP has identified 19 patients in contact with The people, including the patient's loved ones, carrying over his patients and TMH taxi drivers, who are being isolated, of which one or two people have mild upper respiratory tract symptoms. center will liaise closely with the mainland, hoping to find the source of infection.

                    As the first confirmed infection Indian commission, still in the intensive care unit of Queen Mary Hospital, his condition has improved, without the use of instruments to assist breathing.

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                    • #11
                      Re: China - Man, 80, hospitalized in Hong Kong, confirmed H7N9 - recent illness in Shenzhen - December 6, 2013

                      [Source: Centre for Health Protection, Hong Kong PRC SAR, full page: (LINK).]


                      Epidemiological investigation and follow-up actions by CHP on second confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H7N9)


                      A spokesman for the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (December 7) provided an update on the second confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Hong Kong affecting a man aged 80.

                      "The Serious Response Level under the Government's Preparedness Plan for Influenza Pandemic has been activated while the CHP's epidemiological investigation and follow-up actions are currently in full swing," the spokesman remarked.

                      "The patient had been transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) under isolation. His current condition remains stable," he said.

                      As of 4pm today, contact tracing conducted by the CHP has located 19 close contacts and over 130 other contacts.

                      Details are as follows:
                      • (A) Nineteen close contacts of the patient have been quarantined and prescribed with Tamiflu prophylaxis, including:
                        • 1. Thirteen patients (including two with non-specific symptoms) who had stayed in the same cubicle with the confirmed patient in Tuen Mun Hospital (TMH);
                        • 2. His five family members, who have remained asymptomatic, have been quarantined in PMH; and
                        • 3. The taxi driver who had taken the patient and his family members from Shenzhen Bay Port Border Control Point (SBP BCP) to TMH on December 3 was located. He has remained asymptomatic and has been quarantined in PMH.
                        • The specimens of the 18 close contacts all tested negative for the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus upon preliminary laboratory testing by the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch (PHLSB) of the CHP while the result of the remaining sample belonging to an asymptomatic close contact is pending.
                        • They will be put under quarantine for 10 days since their last contact with the patient. During isolation, if their health conditions change, further testing and surveillance will be conducted.
                      • (B) Over 130 other contacts, including other relatives of the patient, healthcare workers (HCWs) of TMH and the ambulance service, relevant hospital visitors as well as an immigration control officer at SBP BCP, are all under medical surveillance.
                        • Among them, four HCWs of TMH who presented with non-specific symptoms tested negative for the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.
                      As regards the first confirmed case, the 36-year-old female patient is still under isolation at Queen Mary Hospital in a critical condition.

                      As of 4pm today, no additional close contacts of this case have been identified.

                      The number of close contacts located remains at 17 while there are now 230 other contacts under medical surveillance.

                      The 17 close contacts remain under quarantine for 10 days since their last contact with the patient. During isolation, if their health conditions change, further testing and surveillance will be conducted.

                      The epidemiological investigation into the two cases by the CHP, including contact tracing and tracing the source of infection, is ongoing.

                      Locally, enhanced surveillance over suspected cases in public and private hospitals is under way. The CHP will continue to maintain liaison with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Mainland and overseas health authorities to monitor the latest developments and obtain timely and accurate information. Local surveillance activities will be modified according to the WHO's recommendations.

                      "All border control points (BCPs) have implemented disease prevention and control measures. Thermal imaging systems are in place at BCPs for body temperature checks of inbound travellers. The DH has liaised with the Auxiliary Medical Service and the Civil Aid Service to deploy additional manpower at BCPs to conduct random temperature checks using handheld devices. Suspected cases will be immediately referred to public hospitals for follow-up investigation," the spokesman said.

                      Regarding health education for travellers at BCPs, the distribution of health education pamphlets, display of posters on avian influenza A(H7N9) in departure and arrival halls, in-flight public announcements, environmental health inspection and the provision of regular updates to the travel industry via meetings and correspondence have all been escalated. The DH will keep a close eye on the latest developments and adopt corresponding port health measures.

                      "We have enhanced our publicity and health education on the prevention of avian influenza. The CHP has also sent letters to government departments and related organisations to reinforce our health advice on the prevention of avian influenza," the spokesman added.

                      The CHP hotline (2125 1111) has been set up for public enquiries. As of 4pm today, 72 calls had been received.

                      "Travellers, especially those returning from avian influenza A(H7N9)-affected areas with fever or respiratory symptoms, are reminded to immediately wear facial masks, seek medical attention and reveal their travel history to a doctor. Healthcare professionals should also pay special attention to patients who might have had contact with birds, poultry or their droppings in affected areas," the spokesman advised.

                      The spokesman also urged travellers not to visit live poultry markets in the affected areas and avoid direct contact with poultry, birds and their droppings. If contact has been made, they should thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water.

                      Members of the public should remain vigilant and are reminded to take heed of the following preventive advice against avian influenza:
                      • 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 such as escalator handrails, elevator control panels or door knobs; or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing;
                      • Cover the nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing, and hold the spit with a tissue and put it into a covered dustbin;
                      • Avoid crowded places and contact with fever patients; and
                      • Wear a mask when respiratory symptoms develop or when taking care of fever patients.
                      The public may visit the CHP's avian influenza page (www.chp.gov.hk/en/view_content/24244.html ) and its website (www.chp.gov.hk/files/pdf/global_statistics_avian_influenza_e.pdf ) for more information on avian influenza-affected areas.


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                        Re: China - Man, 80, hospitalized in Hong Kong, confirmed H7N9 - recent illness in Shenzhen - December 6, 2013

                        [Source: Government of Hong Kong PRC SAR, full page: (LINK).]


                        SFH on confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H7N9)


                        Following is the transcript of remarks made by the Secretary for Food and Health, Dr Ko Wing-man, after attending a public function this afternoon (December 7):

                        Reporter:

                        (On the second confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Hong Kong.)


                        Secretary for Food and Health:

                        ‘’We confirmed a second patient with avian influenza A(H7N9) infection yesterday evening.

                        ‘’This patient is an elderly man (80-year-old), who has been living in Shenzhen for quite a long time.

                        ‘’He attended Tuen Mun Hospital by taking a taxi directly from the border (upon his arrival in Hong Kong).

                        ‘’He should not have any history of exposure in Hong Kong, and therefore the Centre for Health Protection classified this second case as an imported case at this stage.

                        ‘’There are now a total of 19 contacts of the second patient and they are all isolated in the hospitals.

                        ‘’Only one or two of the contacts have mild upper respiratory track symptoms.’’


                        Reporter:

                        (On follow-up action to trace the source of infection.)


                        Secretary for Food and Health:

                        ‘’The Centre for Health Protection is maintaining a very close liaison with the relevant authorities on the Mainland.

                        ‘’We hope that with such collaboration, it could enable the Mainland authority to isolate and identify the source of infection as soon as possible.’’


                        Reporter:

                        (On the condition of the patient of the first confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Hong Kong.)


                        Secretary for Food and Health:

                        ‘’The condition of the first patient with avian influenza A(H7N9) has been improved.

                        ‘’She has been taken off the connection to the ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) machine.

                        ‘’Since she still requires a relatively high concentration of oxygen, she is still being kept in the intensive care unit of the hospital for safety sake.’’

                        (Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)


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                        • #13
                          Re: China - Man, 80, hospitalized in Hong Kong, confirmed H7N9 - recent illness in Shenzhen - December 6, 2013

                          Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-0...-virus/5142700

                          Hong Kong quarantines 19 people over second bird flu case
                          Updated 3 minutes ago

                          ...The 19 people were close contacts of the second carrier of H7N9 in the city -- an 80-year-old Hong Kong man who had been living in the neighbouring mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen...

                          ...Out of the 19 quarantined, 13 had stayed in the same cubicle with the elderly man at the city's Tuen Mun hospital.

                          Five were his family members, and one other was the taxi driver who drove him from the border to the hospital.

                          Eighteen of the quarantined patients have tested negative for the deadly virus, while the test results for an "asymptomatic" patient was pending.

                          All 19 will be quarantined for 10 days since their last contact with the carrier.

                          Officials are still investigating whether or not the 80-year-old patient, who remains in stable condition, had come into contact with poultry on the mainland...

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                          • #14
                            Re: China - Man, 80, hospitalized in Hong Kong, confirmed H7N9 - recent illness in Shenzhen - December 6, 2013

                            [Source: Centre for Health Protection, Hong Kong PRC SAR, full page: (LINK).]


                            Epidemiological investigation and follow-up actions by CHP on second confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H7N9)


                            The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (December 8) provided an update on the second confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Hong Kong.

                            "The epidemiological investigation, enhanced disease surveillance, port health measures and health education are proceeding," a spokesman for the DH remarked.

                            The 80-year-old male patient lives in Fu Yong Xin He District in Shenzhen.

                            As of 4pm today, no additional close contacts have been identified.

                            The number of close contacts remains at 19 while there are over 140 other contacts.

                            Details are as follows:
                            • (A) The 19 close contacts remain under quarantine for 10 days since their last contact with the patient.
                              • Their specimens all tested negative for the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus upon preliminary laboratory testing by the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch of the CHP.
                              • They were prescribed with the antiviral Tamiflu prophylaxis.
                              • During isolation, if their health conditions change, further testing and surveillance will be conducted.
                              • They include:
                                • 1. Thirteen patients who had stayed in the same cubicle with the confirmed patient in Tuen Mun Hospital (TMH).
                                  • One of them has newly developed fever and another specimen collected from the patient today tested negative for the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus;
                                • 2. His five family members; and
                                • 3. The taxi driver who had taken the patient and his family members from Shenzhen Bay Port Border Control Point (SBP BCP) to TMH on December 3.
                            • (B) Over 140 other contacts, including other relatives of the patient, health-care workers (HCWs) of TMH and the ambulance service, relevant hospital visitors as well as an immigration control officer at SBP BCP, have been put under medical surveillance and offered Tamiflu prophylaxis.
                              • Among them, one HCW of TMH newly developed non-specific symptoms whose specimen collected today has been tested negative for the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.
                            Regarding the first confirmed case affecting the 36-year-old female patient, as of 4pm today, no additional close contacts of this case have been identified.

                            The number of close contacts remains at 17 while there are now 230 other contacts under medical surveillance.

                            Of the 17 close contacts, 11 have completed quarantine and will continue to be put under medical surveillance for 10 more days.

                            The remaining six close contacts remain under quarantine for 10 days since their last contact with the patient.

                            During isolation, if their health conditions change, further testing and surveillance will be conducted.

                            The Lady MacLehose Holiday Village in Sai Kung under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has been converted as quarantine centre. Currently, seven asymptomatic close contacts of the second case are under quarantine in the centre.

                            The epidemiological investigation into the two cases by the CHP, including contact tracing and tracing the source of infection, is ongoing.

                            Locally, enhanced surveillance over suspected cases in public and private hospitals is under way. The CHP will continue to maintain liaison with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Mainland and overseas health authorities to monitor the latest developments and obtain timely and accurate information. Local surveillance activities will be modified according to the WHO's recommendations.

                            "All border control points (BCPs) have implemented disease prevention and control measures. Thermal imaging systems are in place at BCPs for body temperature checks of inbound travellers. The DH has liaised with the Auxiliary Medical Service and the Civil Aid Service to deploy additional manpower at BCPs to conduct random temperature checks using handheld devices. Suspected cases will be immediately referred to public hospitals for follow-up investigation," the spokesman said.

                            Regarding health education for travellers at BCPs, the distribution of health education pamphlets, display of posters on avian influenza A(H7N9) in departure and arrival halls, in-flight public announcements, environmental health inspection and the provision of regular updates to travel industries via meetings and correspondence have all been escalated. The DH will keep a close eye on the latest developments and adopt corresponding port health measures.

                            "We have enhanced our publicity and health education on the prevention of avian influenza. The CHP has also sent letters to government departments and related organisations to reinforce our health advice on the prevention of avian influenza," the spokesman added.

                            The CHP hotline (2125 1111) has been set up for public enquiries. As of 4pm today, 72 calls had been received.

                            "Travellers, especially those returning from avian influenza A(H7N9)-affected areas and provinces, with fever or respiratory symptoms are reminded to immediately wear facial masks, seek medical attention and reveal their travel history to doctors. Health-care professionals should also pay special attention to patients who might have had contact with birds, poultry or their droppings in affected areas and provinces," the spokesman advised.

                            The spokesman also urged travellers not to visit live poultry markets in the affected areas and provinces and avoid direct contact with poultry, birds and their droppings. If contact has been made, they should thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water.

                            Members of the public should remain vigilant and are reminded to take heed of the following preventive advice against avian influenza:
                            • 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 such as escalator handrails, elevator control panels or door knobs; or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing;
                            • Cover the nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing, and hold the spit with a tissue and put it into a covered dustbin;
                            • Avoid crowded places and contact with fever patients; and
                            • Wear a mask when respiratory symptoms develop or when taking care of fever patients.
                            The public may visit the CHP's avian influenza page (www.chp.gov.hk/en/view_content/24244.html ) and its website (www.chp.gov.hk/files/pdf/global_statistics_avian_influenza_e.pdf ) for more information on avian influenza-affected areas and provinces.


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                              Re: China - Man, 80, hospitalized in Hong Kong, confirmed H7N9 - recent illness in Shenzhen - December 6, 2013

                              [Source: Centre for Health Protection, Hong Kong PRC SAR, full page: (LINK).]


                              Epidemiological investigation and follow-up actions by CHP on two confirmed human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9)


                              The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (December 9) provided an update on the two confirmed human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Hong Kong.

                              "The epidemiological investigations, enhanced disease surveillance, port health measures and health education are proceeding," a spokesman for the DH remarked.

                              The male patient aged 80 living in Fu Yong Xin He District in Shenzhen.

                              As of 4pm today, no additional close contacts have been identified.

                              The number of close contacts remains at 19 while there are over 140 other contacts.

                              Details are as follows:
                              • (A) The 19 close contacts remain under quarantine for ten days since their last contact with the patient.
                                • Their specimens all tested negative for the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus upon preliminary laboratory testing by the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch (PHLSB) of the CHP.
                                • They were prescribed with the antiviral Tamiflu for prophylaxis.
                                • During isolation, if their health conditions change, further testing and surveillance will be conducted.
                                  • They include:
                                    • 1. Thirteen patients who had stayed in the same cubicle with the confirmed patient in Tuen Mun Hospital (TMH);
                                    • 2. His five family members; and
                                    • 3. The taxi driver who had taken the patient and his family members from Shenzhen Bay Port Border Control Point (SBP BCP) to TMH on December 3.
                              • (B) Over 140 other contacts, including other relatives of the patient, healthcare workers (HCWs) of TMH and the ambulance service, relevant hospital visitors as well as an immigration control officer at SBP BCP, have been put under medical surveillance and offered Tamiflu prophylaxis.
                                • Among them, one HCW of TMH newly developed non-specific symptoms whose specimen collected today has been tested negative for the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus by the PHLSB.
                              Regarding the first confirmed case affecting a female patient aged 36, as of 4pm today, no additional close contacts have been identified.

                              The number of close contacts remains at 17 while there are now 230 other contacts under medical surveillance.

                              Of the 17 close contacts, 12 have completed quarantine and will be continued to be put under medical surveillance for ten more days.

                              The remaining five close contacts remain under quarantine for ten days since their last contact with the patient.

                              During isolation, if their health conditions change, further testing and surveillance will be conducted.

                              Among the 230 other contacts, one HCW of the Queen Mary Hospital newly developed non-specific symptoms whose specimen collected today has been tested negative for the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus by the PHLSB.

                              In addition, a client of Dr Wong Chun-yan whom the patient consulted on November 26 presented with non-specific symptoms today and has been referred to Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) for isolation treatment. Specimen will be collected and sent for testing.

                              Lady MacLehose Holiday Village in Sai Kung under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has been converted as a quarantine centre.

                              Currently, six asymptomatic close contacts of the second case are under quarantine.

                              An asymptomatic close contact of the same case who has been under quarantine in the centre has been transferred to PMH for isolation due to other health problems.

                              The epidemiological investigations into the two cases by the CHP, including contact tracing, are ongoing.

                              Locally, enhanced surveillance over suspected cases in public and private hospitals is underway. The CHP will continue to maintain liaison with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Mainland and overseas health authorities to monitor the latest developments and obtain timely and accurate information. Local surveillance activities will be modified according to the WHO's recommendations.

                              "We have enhanced our publicity and health education on the prevention of avian influenza. The CHP has also sent letters to government departments and related organisations to reinforce our health advice on the prevention of avian influenza," the spokesman added.

                              The CHP hotline (2125 1111) has been set up for public enquiries. As of 4pm today, 77 calls had been received.

                              "Travellers, especially those returning from avian influenza A(H7N9)-affected areas and provinces, with fever or respiratory symptoms are reminded to immediately wear facial masks, seek medical attention and reveal their travel history to doctors. Healthcare professionals should also pay special attention to patients who might have had contact with birds, poultry or their droppings in affected areas and provinces," the spokesman advised.

                              The spokesman also urged travellers not to visit live poultry markets in the affected areas and provinces and avoid direct contact with poultry, birds and their droppings. If contact has been made, they should thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water.

                              Members of the public should remain vigilant and are reminded to take heed of the following preventive advice against avian influenza:
                              • 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 such as escalator handrails, elevator control panels or door knobs; or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing;
                              • Cover the nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing, and hold the spit with a tissue and put it into a covered dustbin;
                              • Avoid crowded places and contact with fever patients; and
                              • Wear a mask when respiratory symptoms develop or when taking care of fever patients.
                              The public may visit the CHP's avian influenza page (www.chp.gov.hk/en/view_content/24244.html ) and its website (www.chp.gov.hk/files/pdf/global_statistics_avian_influenza_e.pdf ) for more information on avian influenza-affected areas and provinces.


                              Ends/Monday, December 9, 2013
                              Issued at HKT 20:14
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