Via the Centre for Health Protection, a January 30 news release: CHP notified of five additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Mainland. Excerpt:
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) received notification yesterday (January 29) of five additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) respectively in Guangzhou (one case) from the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province, and in Zhejiang (three cases) and Fujian (one case) from the National Health and Family Planning Commission.
The case in Guangzhou involves a boy aged 17 and he is currently hospitalised for treatment.
The three cases in Zhejiang involve three men aged 37, 60 and 63 who are all under treatment in hospital.
The case in Fujian involves a boy aged 2. He is now hospitalised for treatment.
As of yesterday, a total of 259 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been confirmed in the Mainland, including Zhejiang (107 cases), Shanghai (41 cases), Jiangsu (35 cases), Guangdong (36 cases), Fujian (16 cases), Jiangxi (six cases), Anhui (four cases), Henan (four cases), Beijing (three cases), Hunan (three cases), Shandong (two cases), Hebei (one case) and Guizhou (one case, imported from Zhejiang).
"Locally, enhanced disease surveillance, port health measures and health education against avian influenza are ongoing. We will remain vigilant and maintain liaison with the World Health Organization (WHO) and relevant health authorities. Local surveillance activities will be modified upon the WHO's recommendations," a spokesman for the DH said.
"In view of human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) confirmed in Hong Kong and multiple cases reported in the Mainland, the activity of the virus is expected to be higher in the winter season. Those planning to travel outside Hong Kong during the Lunar New Year should maintain good personal, environmental and food hygiene at all times," the spokesman urged.
"All boundary control points have implemented disease prevention and control measures. Thermal imaging systems are in place for body temperature checks of inbound travellers. Random temperature checks by handheld devices have also been arranged. Suspected cases will be immediately referred to public hospitals for follow-up investigation," the spokesman added.
Regarding health education for travellers, distribution of pamphlets, display of posters in departure and arrival halls, in-flight public announcements, environmental health inspection and provision of regular updates to the travel industry via meetings and correspondence are all proceeding.