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  • China - Hong Kong health authorities announce 2 new mainland H7N9 cases (Guangdong) and 14 cases previously announced by various provincial health authorities

    14 January 2015
    CHP notified of human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Mainland
    The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (January 14) closely monitoring 16 additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) notified by the Mainland health authorities, 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 cases from Dongguan include a female patient aged 52 and a male patient aged 37 who were hospitalised for treatment in critical and serious conditions respectively.

    The remaining 14 cases (including three deaths) in Fujian (five cases), Jiangsu (four cases), Zhejiang (four cases) and Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang) (one case) were notified by the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

    The patients include seven men and seven women aged 20 to 83. Apart from the three deaths, the other 11 patients were in critical condition.

    To date, 478 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported by the Mainland health authorities, respectively in Zhejiang (145 cases), Guangdong (121 cases), Jiangsu (63 cases), Shanghai (42 cases), Fujian (28 cases), Hunan (24 cases), Anhui (17 cases), Xinjiang (nine cases), Jiangxi (eight cases), Beijing (five cases), Shandong (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 by 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 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 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/Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    Last edited by sharon sanders; January 14, 2015, 06:40 AM. Reason: CHP link

  • #2
    Some of these cases may be already included on our list:


    • #3
      Out of the number above we have already listed:

      we have listed 5 out of the 5 announced above in Fujian province = 0 new cases

      we have listed 4 out of 4 mentioned above in Jiangsu province = 0 new cases

      we have listed 4 out of 4 mentioned above in Zhejiang province = 0 new case

      we have 1 out of 1 mentioned above in Xinjiang province = 0 new case

      we have 0 out of 2 mentioned above in Guangdong province = 2 new cases

      So the above announcement is 2 total new cases that were not previously announced by various provincial authorities.

      Here is the Guangdong announcement about the 2 new cases in that province:
      Dongguan report two cases of H7N9 cases

      2015-01-14 16:01:16 Ministry of Health and Family Planning |

      Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province January 14 briefing, Dongguan City, reported two cases of H7N9 confirmed cases.
      Patient 1 Zhang, female, 52 years old, currently living in Dongguan Qiaotou, history of pulmonary tuberculosis. January 13 diagnosed cases of H7N9, the current patient in critical condition, in Dongguan City, admitted to inpatient hospitals.
        Patient 2 Xu, male, 37 years old, now lives in Changping Town, Dongguan City, a history of hypertension. January 13 diagnosed cases of H7N9, sicker patients currently in Dongguan City, admitted to inpatient hospitals.

      Last edited by sharon sanders; January 14, 2015, 09:05 AM. Reason: edited the Fujian data, CHP is not missing a case


      • #4
        CHP announced a Fujian case that was onset in November but hospitalized on December 1:

        #463 - Male, 27, [Yemou], onset November 26, hospitalized December 1 in Fuzhou, now in severe condition, from Fuqing City, Fujian province

        I think that this case must have been counted as a December case by both Fujian province and Hong Kong CHP, I will adjust my list to decrease by 1 the number of the new 6 cases announced in the December month-end Fujian report as listed on our case list. We already had the above case listed and therefore the new 6 is really 5 new to us. (Lisa Schnirring - you were right!)


        • #5

          Google translation:

          Mainland health authorities informed of the new 14 cases of human infection with the H7N9 bird flu
          2015-01-15 18:46:00

          Source: Health Bureau

          Health Bureau said, according to the health department informed the Mainland today (January 15), the additional 14 cases of human infection with the H7N9 avian influenza. According to the briefing refers to 14 cases of patients with regional distribution: Fujian (5 cases), Zhejiang (four cases), Jiangsu Province (four cases), a new Uygur Autonomous Region (1 case), of which 13 people have contact with live poultry or live poultry business market exposure. All patients aged between 20-83 years of age, seven men and seven women, respectively, since December 11, 2014 the beginning of the disease, in which three people were killed; 11 were in critical condition.

          And since 20l3 to date, a total of 494 cases of confirmed human cases of avian influenza H7N9 infection, of which at least 185 cases of death. Regional local infections since October 1, 2014 appear include: Beijing, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Guangdong and Fujian.

          Although the absence of any human infection cases of Macao, but in order to get the maximum protection of public health, the Government has launched an emergency response mechanism, to take a series of preventive measures. Health Bureau will continue and national and neighboring areas in the health sector, the World Health Organization to maintain close contact, monitor the epidemic around and Macao, and through cross-sectoral and public-private cooperation, neighborhood or Macau, once the bird flu epidemic preventive and preparation. Under the current circumstances, the Health Bureau is expected to continue for some time to the mainland will be more people infected with influenza A H7N9 bird flu, do not rule out cases appear Macao Health Bureau requires all medical institutions and medical personnel closely monitor if suspected cases, should be made to detect or referrals; also made the following appeal to the whole Australian public:

          - Avoid going to the recent influenza A H7N9 bird flu in the downtown area, there are farms where the sale or display of birds;

          - Avoid contact with birds and their secretions, excretions; if contact should wash their hands immediately;

          - Not to buy, carry without quarantine of birds;

          - Do not eat undercooked poultry meat, offal, blood products and eggs;

          - Attention to personal hygiene, wash hands frequently;

          - Symptoms such as fever, cough, dyspnea, etc., should wear a mask, a doctor as soon as possible, to the detailed travel history and contact history animal doctor.

          For more information on the Influenza A H7N9 avian flu, can be found in the Health Bureau website ( or call the Health Department of Infectious Diseases Hotline 28700800 during office hours.