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  • China - Woman, 44, H7N9 death in September - Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

    hat tip @nlintelligence for the link

    18 October 2014

    CHP notified of two cases of human infection of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Mainland

    The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (October 18) received notification from the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of two cases of human infection of avian influenza A(H7N9) affecting a woman aged 44 in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and a girl aged 7 in Beijing. The 44-year-old woman passed away last month.

    A total of 440 cases were confirmed in the Mainland, including Zhejiang (139 cases), Guangdong (109 cases), Jiangsu (56 cases), Shanghai (41 cases), Hunan (24 cases), Fujian (22 cases), Anhui (17 cases), Jiangxi (eight cases), Shandong (five cases), Beijing (five cases), Henan (four cases), Guangxi (three cases), Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (three cases), Jilin (two cases), Guizhou (one case) and Hebei (one case).

    "Locally, we will remain vigilant and maintain liaison with the World Health Organization (WHO) and relevant health authorities. Local surveillance activities are ongoing according to the WHO's recommendations," a spokesman for the DH said.

    "In view of cases confirmed in the Mainland, further sporadic cases are expected in affected and possibly neighbouring areas. Those planning to travel outside Hong Kong should maintain good personal, environmental and food hygiene at all times," the spokesman urged.

    "All boundary control points have implemented disease prevention and control measures. Thermal imaging systems are in place for body temperature checks of inbound travellers. Suspected cases will be immediately referred to public hospitals for follow-up investigation," the spokesman added.

    Regarding health education for travellers, display of posters and broadcast of health messages in departure and arrival halls, environmental health inspection and provision of regular updates to the travel industry via meetings and correspondence are proceeding.

    Travellers, especially those returning from avian influenza-affected areas and provinces 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 and provinces.

    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 avian influenza page ( and website ( for more information on avian influenza-affected areas and provinces.

    Ends/Saturday, October 18, 2014

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    Re: China - Woman, 44, H7N9 death in September - Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

    hat tip Michael Coston for the link

    Mainland China Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Beijing each added one case H7N9 influenza cases, these regional tourism epidemic recommend upgrading to the second level warning (Alert), called on people to go to mainland China is important to note prevention (2014-10-18)

    Disease Control Department and the Chinese mainland health authorities confirmed today (October 18), Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Beijing each added one case of H7N9 flu cases.

    Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region case of a 44-year-old woman, career as a commercial service, with live bird markets exposure history, September 4 disease, has died Sept. 9;

    Beijing cases for a year-old girl student , Sept. 16 the disease, the symptoms are mild.

    Disease management department announced the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Beijing tourism epidemic raised to the second stage of the proposal: Warning (Alert), reminded the project to local people, it is important to maintain good hygiene, avoid contact with birds; and calls on physicians in the diagnosis and treatment pneumonia patient, be sure to ask the travel history of the patient.
    Go (2013) after the autumn (from October 1, 2008) has so far confirmed 320 cases of H7N9 flu cumulative, including mainland China 306 cases, 10 cases in Hong Kong, China's three cases, one case of Malaysia. Since last year, the global total of 455 cases of confirmed cases so far, WHO announced 175 cases of death on September 3
    Illness tube reminded people, to mainland China, should avoid contact with poultry category, especially not to pick up dead birds; eating chickens, ducks, geese and eggs to be cooked; and should be implemented hand-washing and other personal hygiene measures to avoid infection. In case of fever or flu-like symptoms returning, should inform the airline staff and airport and port of quarantine officers; after returning as the above symptoms should wear masks for medical treatment as soon as possible and inform the physician contact history and travel history. For related questions, please refer to the disease pipe's website (, or call toll-free vaccination Line 1922 (or 0800-001922) contact.

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      Re: China - Woman, 44, H7N9 death in September - Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

      To: undisclosed-recipients@null, null@null
      Subject: WHO Disease outbreak news: Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus ? China
      Date: Oct 29, 2014 10:42 AM
      Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus ? China
      Disease outbreak news
      29 October 2014

      On 19 October 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China notified WHO of 2 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus, including 1 death.

      Details of the cases are as follows
      A 44-year-old female from Urumqi City, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region who developed symptoms on 4 September 2014. The patient was admitted to hospital on 7 September and died on 9 September. The patient had a history of exposure to live poultry.
      A 7-year-old female from Chaoyang District, Beijing Municipality who developed symptoms on 16 September. The patient?s condition was mild and she was not hospitalized.
      The Chinese Government has taken the following surveillance and control measures
      Strengthen surveillance and situation analysis
      Reinforce case management and medical treatment
      Conduct risk communication with the public and release information.
      WHO continues to closely monitor the H7N9 situation and conduct risk assessment. So far, the overall risk associated with the H7N9 virus has not changed.

      WHO advice
      WHO advises that travellers to countries with known outbreaks of avian influenza should avoid poultry farms, or contact with animals in live bird markets, or entering areas where poultry may be slaughtered, or contact with any surfaces that appear to be contaminated with faeces from poultry or other animals. Travellers should also wash their hands often with soap and water. Travellers should follow good food safety and good food hygiene practices.

      WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with regard to this event, nor does it currently recommend any travel or trade restrictions. As always, a diagnosis of infection with an avian influenza virus should be considered in individuals who develop severe acute respiratory symptoms while travelling or soon after returning from an area where avian influenza is a concern.

      WHO encourages countries to continue strengthening influenza surveillance, including surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns, in order to ensure reporting of human infections under the IHR (2005), and continue national health preparedness actions.