The Centre for Health Protection has published another update: Epidemiological investigation and follow-up actions by CHP on confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H7N9). The first section appears to be identical to the update posted yesterday, but the second section has some new information. Excerpt:
Over 220 other contacts, including two private doctors whom the patient consulted, their clinic staff, patients and accompanying relatives, healthcare workers (HCWs) of TMH, Queen Mary Hospital (QMH) and the ambulance service, and relevant hospital visitors, are all under medical surveillance. Among them:
1. A patient who consulted Dr Wong Chun-yan and presented with non-specific symptoms tested negative for the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus; and
2. Twelve HCWs of TMH and QMH who presented with non-specific symptoms tested negative for the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.
Locally, enhanced surveillance over suspected cases in public and private hospitals is underway. The CHP will continue to maintain liaison with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Mainland and overseas health authorities to monitor the latest developments and obtain timely and accurate information. Local surveillance activities will be modified according to the WHO's recommendations.
"All border control points (BCPs) have implemented disease prevention and control measures. Thermal imaging systems are in place at BCPs for body temperature checks of inbound travellers. The DH has liaised with the Auxiliary Medical Service and the Civil Aid Service to deploy additional manpower at BCPs to conduct random temperature checks using handheld devices," the spokesman said.
The Port Health Office of the DH is maintaining liaison with the Shenzhen Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau to stay alert for travellers and also cross-boundary students with fever or other symptoms. Suspected cases will be immediately referred to public hospitals for follow-up investigation.