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China - Man 42: H5N1 positive in Chengdu - Sichuan province - January 13, 2016

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    CHP notified of additional human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) in Chengdu
    14 January 2016

    The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) was today (January 14) notified of an additional human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) in Chengdu by the National Health and Family Planning Commission, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

    This is the first human H5N1 case reported in the Mainland in 2016. It affected a man aged 42 in Chengdu with poultry contact before onset. He developed fever on December 27, 2015, and attended a local hospital to which he was admitted for management. His condition deteriorated and he was transferred to another hospital on January 2, 2016, for further treatment and was in critical condition. Clinical diagnosis was severe pneumonia and respiratory failure. His 58 close contacts put under medical observation have not revealed any abnormalities so far.

    "H5 and H7N9 avian influenza viruses can cause severe infections in humans. Due to the seasonal pattern, our risk assessment shows that the activity of avian influenza viruses is expected to increase in winter months. Increased numbers of human H5N6 and H7N9 cases have been recorded in the Mainland since this winter. Locally, birds positive for H5N6 were also detected in this winter. The public, particularly poultry traders, travellers and those who may visit the Mainland in the upcoming Lunar New Year, should be highly alert. Do not visit poultry markets and farms. Avoid poultry contact. We will continue to monitor the regional and global disease situation," a spokesman for the CHP said.

    The DH'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 broadcast of health messages in departure and arrival halls as health education for travellers is under way. The travel industry and other stakeholders are regularly updated on the latest information.

    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 CHP's pages below for more information:

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  • sharon sanders

    WHO also counts 5 cases in China for 2015 previous to the above case:
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  • sharon sanders
    The case above is the 6th H5N1 case in China for 2015:

    China - Female, 37, onset January 14, hospitalized January 20

    China - Male, 46, onset February 18, hospitalized February 21, died February 27, Sichuan Death

    China - Male, 34, onset March 13, hospitalized March 18, Yunnan

    China - Male, 17, onset March 17, hospitalized March 20, Yunnan

    China - Male, 6, announced by CHP on April 3, Yunnan province

    China - Male, 42, onset December 27, critical condition, announced by HFPC on January 13, Sichuan province

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    News - Health and Family Planning Work Dynamics
    Author: AdministratorHzijun
    2016-01-13, Wednesday

    Chengdu confirmed one case of H5N1 cases

    Really good job in winter and spring sudden acute infectious disease prevention and control work, the province at all levels of the health department of health to strengthen the monitoring of cases of pneumonia of unknown causes investigation work.

    January 12, Chengdu, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention province respectively from a patient with unexplained pneumonia respiratory specimens detected H5N1 virus nucleic acid positive. The epidemiological investigation, the case history of contact with live poultry before the onset. January 13, the provincial expert group based on clinical manifestations, epidemiology, laboratory, determined that the patient was H5N1 confirmed cases. Experts believe that in this case appears to sporadic cases.

    Patients were male, 42 years old, now living in Qingyang Area communities, December 27, 2015 began to appear fever and other symptoms, it has outpatient and inpatient treatment in Qingyang Area Hospital. January 2, 2016, because of exacerbations, emergency transferred to a general hospital in Chengdu, treatment, clinical diagnosis of severe pneumonia, respiratory failure. Currently, the patient's condition is extremely critical, province Group is to rescue.

    Disease control departments have been terminal disinfection residence and surrounding environment of patients, 58 close contacts under medical observation after no exception, no new cases have been reported.

    Experts suggest that to prevent respiratory diseases, should pay attention to indoor ventilation, reasonable rest, reducing to stay in the crowded, poor air spaces; routinely wash their hands, coughing and cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and other personal hygiene; not in contact no production and consumption of sick or dead poultry, buy fresh, live, pay attention to see when frozen poultry quarantine certificate. Once flu symptoms, to timely medical treatment.

    Last Updated (Wednesday 13 January 2016 20:42)

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  • China - Man 42: H5N1 positive in Chengdu - Sichuan province - January 13, 2016

    Effective acute infectious disease prevention and control work in winter and spring, our province's health and family planning departments at all levels to strengthen the cases of pneumonia of unknown causes monitor to troubleshoot. On January 12, the Chengdu city and provincial centers for disease control and prevention from 1 detected in specimens from lower respiratory tract of patients with pneumonia of unknown causes H5N1 virus positive. After epidemiological investigations, prior to the onset of this case have a history of contact with live birds. On January 13, the provincial expert group based on their clinical, epidemiological, laboratory test, determine the patients with confirmed H5N1 cases. Experts believe that the cases that occur as sporadic cases. Patients were male, 42 years old, now lives in a community of qingyang district, Chengdu city, December 27, 2015 began with fever and other symptoms, outpatient and inpatient care in a hospital in qingyang district. On January 2, 2016, due to illness, emergency transfer to a General Hospital in Chengdu where clinical diagnosis of severe pneumonia, respiratory failure, and so on. At present, the patient is critically ill, is to rescue the provincial expert group. Disease control Department has the home and surrounding environment of patients with terminal disinfection, 58 close medical observation was no exception, no new cases were reported.