The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) verified with the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) today (April 24) that no laboratory confirmed human case of avian influenza A (H7N9) was reported in the mainland today.
As of 9pm today, a total of 108 cases have been laboratory confirmed with avian influenza A (H7N9) in the mainland, which included Zhejiang (42 cases), Shanghai (33 cases), Jiangsu (24 cases), Anhui (four cases), Henan (three cases), Beijing (one case) and Shandong (one case).
Separately, the CHP noted today a laboratory confirmed imported human case of avian influenza A (H7N9) in Taiwan involving a 53-year-old man who had worked in Suzhou, Jiangsu from March 28 to April 9. He is receiving treatment in hospital and his condition is serious.
A spokesman for the DH stressed that the CHP is closely monitoring the situation and will continue to maintain close liaison with the Mainland health authorities for more case information as well as to keep a close eye on the latest advice from the World Health Organization.
The spokesman also reminded travellers, especially those returning from Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Henan, Beijing and Shandong, with fever or respiratory symptoms to wear facial masks immediately, seek medical attention, and reveal their travel history to doctors.
Healthcare professionals should also pay special attention to those who might have had contact with birds, poultry or their droppings in the affected areas.
"No human case of avian influenza A (H7N9) has been identified so far in Hong Kong," the spokesman reiterated.I suspect the pause in new H7N9 reports from the Mainland will be a brief one.