21 Jun 2013

Hong Kong, Update on number of suspected human cases of avian influenza A(H7) notified (June 21 2013)

[Source: Centre for Health Protection, Hong Kong PRC SAR, full text: (LINK).]

Update on number of suspected human cases of avian influenza A(H7) notified

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (June 21) provided an update on the latest number of suspected human cases of avian influenza A(H7) notified to the CHP, including cases fulfilling reporting criteria and remaining ones not fulfilling reporting criteria.

From noon yesterday (June 20) to noon today, the CHP received notification of two cases which fulfilled reporting criteria and two cases which did not fulfil reporting criteria. Details of the cases are [below].

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Details of suspected human cases of avian influenza A(H7) notified to the Centre for Health Protection by hospitals (from noon, June 20 to noon, June 21)

Suspected human cases of avian influenza A(H7) fulfilling reporting criteria

[Case no. – Age – Sex – Hospital – Condition -  Test against H7 virus - Other virus tested positive - Exposure to poultry or contaminated environment - Affected areas in Mainland visited during 10‐day incubation period - Other Mainland areas visited during 10‐day incubation period]

  • 1 – 56 – Male – North District Hospital – Stable – Negative – … – Yes – Guangdong – …
  • 2 – 1 – Male – United Christian Hospital – Stable – Negative – … – Yes – Guangdong – …

 

Suspected human cases of avian influenza A(H7) NOT fulfilling reporting criteria

[Case no. – Age – Sex – Hospital – Condition - Test against H7 virus - Other virus tested positive - Exposure to poultry or contaminated environment - Affected areas in Mainland visited during 10‐day incubation period - Other Mainland areas visited during 10‐day incubation period]

  • 1 – 25 – Male – Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital – Stable – Negative – … – No – Guangdong – …
  • 2 – 5 – Female – Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital – Stable – Negative – … – No – Guangdong  - …

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The total number of notifications received by the CHP since March 31 of cases fulfilling reporting criteria of suspected human cases of avian influenza A(H7) is now 45, while the total number of notifications not fulfilling reporting criteria is now 149.

The spokesman urged travellers not to visit wet markets with live poultry in the affected areas and to avoid direct contact with poultry, birds or their droppings. If contact has been made, they should thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water. 

"Influenza A(H7) is a statutorily notifiable infectious disease in Hong Kong.’’

‘’Locally, no confirmed human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been recorded so far," the spokesman stressed.

The spokesman reminded doctors to report to the CHP any suspected case of influenza A(H7). The Public Health Laboratory Services Branch of the CHP is ready to receive and test specimens whenever necessary.

The public may visit the CHP's avian influenza page (www.chp.gov.hk/en/view_content/24244.html) for further information.

Ends/Friday, June 21, 2013
Issued at HKT 18:09
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