Title: #HK CHP closely monitors #human case of #influenza #H7N9 in #Hunan, #China.
Subject: Avian Influenza, H7N9 subtype, human case in Hunan province of China.
Source: Centre for Health Protection, Hong Kong PRC SAR, full page: (LINK).
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CHP closely monitors human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Mainland
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (February 6) closely monitoring an additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in the Mainland, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.
The Hunan Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the female patient, aged 69 from Changsha, had poultry exposure. She is under treatment and in a serious condition.
"Since late 2016, the number of human H7N9 cases reported in the Mainland hugely increased from six in November 2016 to 106 in December 2016 and 183 last month as of January 29, 2017.
‘’The number of cases in this wave so far has been much higher than in the same period last winter.
‘’Cases imported from Guangdong have also been reported in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan," a spokesman for the CHP said.
"According to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 90 per cent of the patients reported exposure to live poultry, mostly with exposure to live poultry markets (LPMs).
‘’There was also an increase in environmental contamination with H7N9 virus as reflected by the positive rate of environmental samples collected from LPMs or other live poultry-related environments in affected provinces," the spokesman added.
In view of the current situation, there is a likely risk that environments with live poultry in the Mainland might be contaminated with avian influenza viruses.
Travellers to the Mainland or other affected areas must avoid visiting wet markets, poultry markets or farms. They should be alert to the presence of backyard poultry when visiting relatives and friends. They should also avoid purchase of live or freshly slaughtered poultry, avoid touching poultry/birds or their droppings. They should strictly observe personal and hand hygiene when visiting any places with live poultry.
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.
Ends/Monday, February 6, 2017 / Issued at HKT 17:42 / NNNN
Keywords: HK PRC SAR; Updates; H7N9; Avian Influenza; Human; Hunan.