Title: #HK, CHP investigates imported #human case of #avian #influenza A(#H7N9).
Subject: Avian Influenza, H7N9 subtype, imported case in Hong Kong.
Source: Centre for Health Protection, Hong Kong PRC SAR, full page: (LINK).
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CHP investigates imported human case of avian influenza A(H7N9)
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (January 5) investigating an imported human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Hong Kong, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.
The male patient, aged 62 with underlying illnesses, departed Hong Kong since December 15 last year and travelled to Zengcheng, Guangzhou.
He has developed fever, cough and shortness of breath since January 1.
He was admitted to a hospital for treatment in Dongguan during January 2 to 3.
The patient discharged himself against medical advice on January 3 and returned to Hong Kong via Lo Wu on the same day.
He attended the Accident and Emergency Department of Yan Chai Hospital yesterday (January 4) and was admitted for treatment on the same day.
His condition deteriorated today and has been transferred to intensive care unit for further management. The patient is now in critical condition.
His endotracheal aspirate and nasopharyngeal aspirate specimen were confirmed to be positive for influenza A(H7N9) virus by the CHP's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch tonight.
The patient denied recent exposure to poultry or wet market.
His close contacts have remained asymptomatic so far and have been put under medical surveillance. Tracing of his other contacts in Hong Kong is underway.
Meanwhile, the CHP is closely monitoring 14 additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Guangdong.
According to the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province’s announcement today, the distribution of the additional cases of last month are as follows:
- Guangzhou (3 cases),
- Jiangmen (3),
- Jieyang (2),
- Shenzhen (2),
- Zhaoqing (2),
- Dongguan (1) and Zhongshan (1).
The public may visit the CHP's pages for more information:
- the avian influenza page,
- the weekly Avian Influenza Report, global statistics and affected areas of avian influenza,
- the Facebook Page and
- the YouTube Channel.
Keywords: HK PRC SAR; Updates; China; Guangdong; H7N9; Avian Influenza; Human.