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21 Jun 2013

Hong Kong, SFH on human case of avian influenza A(H6N1) (June 21 2013)

[Source: Government of Hong Kong PRC SAR, full text: (LINK).]

SFH on human case of avian influenza A(H6N1)

Following is the transcript of remarks made by the Secretary for Food and Health, Dr Ko Wing-man, after officiating at a public function this afternoon (June 21):

The Centre for Health Protection has received notification from the health authority of Taiwan regarding the diagnosis of a human case of avian influenza A(H6N1).

This is the first human infection noticed so far.

According to the experts, this particular strain of virus does not have a high degree of virulence among the poultry.

However, the Centre for Health Protection will follow up with the relevant health authority as well as the World Health Organization in an attempt to gather more information about this virus and conduct our own risk assessment.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

Ends/Friday, June 21, 2013
Issued at HKT 18:13