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    20 February 2017

    No human H5N6 case detected in Hong Kong so far
    In response to press enquiries on rumours on human cases of avian influenza A(H5N6) and related pneumonia cases in Hong Kong, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (February 20) clarified that no human H5N6 cases have been identified in Hong Kong to date.

    "Globally, 16 sporadic human H5N6 cases, including 11 known deaths, have been reported so far since the emergence of H5N6 in 2014 and all were in the Mainland. While most patients visited wet markets or had contact with live poultry, there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission among their close contacts. Standard precautions against avian influenza, such as strict personal, hand, food and environmental hygiene, are key to preventing H5N6 infections," a spokesman for the CHP said.

    "All novel influenza A infections, including H5N6, are statutorily notifiable infectious diseases in Hong Kong. Doctors and hospitals are reminded that any patient with acute respiratory illness or pneumonia, or at-risk exposure (including poultry workers and those with a history of visiting markets with live poultry or contact with poultry) in affected areas in the incubation period (10 days before onset), must be managed as suspected cases and immediately reported to the CHP for prompt epidemiological and laboratory investigations, disease control and transparent announcement," the spokesman said.

    "We will continue to remain vigilant and work closely with the World Health Organization and relevant health authorities to monitor the latest developments," the spokesman added.

    Ends/Monday, February 20, 2017
    Issued at HKT 18:10


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    Feb 21, 2017 12:58pm

    Govt dismisses avian flu rumors

    The Center of Health Protection (CHP) is denying any outbreak of human infection from the H5N6 avian flu virus in Hong Kong.

    This comes after online rumors that the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital has held urgent meetings to discuss the risk of an outbreak, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

    A recording being circulated on WhatsApp said the death rate from the H5N6 virus is as high as 60 percent.

    It urged people to wear masks and refrain from visiting mainland China.

    On Monday, CHP and Hong Kong Sanatorium said the rumors are not true.
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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