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  • China - Hong Kong CHP announces 1 new imported H7N9 avian flu case - traveled from Fuzhou, Fujian province - March 7, 2017

    CHP investigates imported human case of avian influenza A(H7N9)

    The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (March 7) investigating an imported human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Hong Kong, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

    The male patient, aged 76 with underlying illnesses, developed fever and cough with sputum on March 3 and sought medical attention at a private clinic the next day. He attended the Accident and Emergency Department of Yan Chai Hospital on March 5 and was admitted on the same day for management. The patient has been transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital for isolation and further management. His clinical diagnosis is pneumonia and he is now in a critical condition.

    His nasopharyngeal aspirate specimen tested positive for influenza A(H7N9) virus tonight.

    Enquiries revealed that the patient travelled alone to Fuzhou, Fujian between February 11 and March 1 during which he visited a wet market there. The patient?s close contact has remained asymptomatic so far and has been put under medical surveillance. Tracing of his other contacts in Hong Kong is underway.

    "The case has been reported to the Mainland and Macau health authorities as well as the World Health Organization. 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. We will issue letters to doctors, hospitals, schools and institutions to alert them to the latest situation," a spokesman for the CHP said.

    "In Hong Kong, it is the fifth imported human case of H7N9 recorded this winter. The number of human cases reported in the Mainland has increased substantially with more than 480 cases recorded since last October. The number of cases in this wave so far has been much higher than that in the same period last winter season. The situation demands particular attention," the spokesman added.

    "We strongly urge the public to avoid touching birds, poultry or their droppings and visiting poultry markets or farms during travel. 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, March 7, 2017
    Issued at HKT 21:59


  • #2
    The case above is the 5th imported case in Hong Kong this flu season:

    #817 - Male, 75, onset December 8, hospitalized December 9 in Hong Kong, test positive December 19, travel history to Dongguan, Guangdong province Death WHO rpt 23/12/16

    #827 - Male, 70, onset December 26, hospitalized December 27, serious condition, in Hong Kong, possible exposure in Zhongshan, Guangdong province CHP rpt 3/1/17 WHO rpt 3/1/17

    #846 - Male, 62, onset Jan 1, hospitalized Jan 2-3 in Guangdong, then hospitalized in critical condition in Hong Kong Jan 4, Guangdong province Death WHO rpt 17/1/17

    #933 - Male, 10, onset January 8, hospitalized January 9, stable condition in Hong Kong - traveled from Foshan, Guangdong province CHP rpt 11/1/17

    a45 - Male, 76, onset March 3, hospitalized March 5, critical condition in Hong Kong - traveled from Fuzhou, Fujian province CHP rpt 7/3/17


    Imported cases imported from Mainland China into Hong Kong in previous flu waves:

    #157 - Man, 65, onset date January 3, hospitalized in Hong Kong January 7, travel history to Shenzhen, Guangdong province Death

    #347 - Man, 65, onset February 8, hospitalized February 11 in Hong Kong - recent travel history to Kaiping, Guangdong

    #393 - Female infant, 5 months, onset and hospitalized March 16 in Hong Kong upon arrival from Shenzhen, but resident of Foshan, in stable condition Guangdong province

    #411 - Man, 65, with underlying illnesses, lives in Longgang, Shenzhen. Onset date March 31 in Shenzhen. Confirmed in Hong Kong on April 4 2014. Currently hospitalized in isolation at PMH in stable condition. Guangdong province

    #415 - Woman, 82, with underlying medical conditions, lives in Liwan, Guangzhou, withblood-stained sputum since April 7, no fever; confirmed in Hong Kong on April 9; exposure history to poultry under investigation. Hospitalized in HK, stable. Guangdong province

    #472 - Female, 68, onset December 19, hospitalized in Hong Kong December 25, travel history to Shenzhen, Guangdong province

    #524 - Male, 79, hospitalized in Hong Kong after trip to Zhangmutou, Dongguan, Guangdong province

    #608 - Male, 61, hospitalized in critical condition in Hong Kong, Zhangmutou, Dongguan, Guangdong province Death

    #742 - Male, 60, onset February 8, hospitalized initially on February 11, re-hospitalized February 23, stable condition in Hong Kong, from Suzhou, Jiangsu province

    #768 - Female, 81, onset March 10, hospitalized between March 14 & 16 in Kaiping, China, re-hospitalized in Hong Kong on March 17, Guangdong province

    #780 - Male, 80, hospitalized in stable condition in Hong Kong, exposure to wet market & slaughtered chicken in Dongguan, Guangdong province WHO rpt 26/4/16


    • #4

      Update on imported human case of avian influenza A(H7N9)
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      The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (March 8) reported an update on the fifth human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Hong Kong this winter.

      Contact tracing has so far identified seven close contacts and 61 other contacts. All have remained asymptomatic.

      The close contacts are the patient's home and ward contacts. They will be given antiviral prophylaxis with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) for five days, advised to wear a mask and put under medical surveillance for 10 days following their last exposure to the patient.

      Other contacts include the patient's family member(s) and healthcare workers. They will be advised to wear a mask and put under medical surveillance for 10 days following their last exposure to the patient.
      Ends/Wednesday, March 8, 2017
      Issued at HKT 17:30