The Centre for Health Protection has issued a news release: CHP notified of seven 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 30) of seven additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) respectively in Jiangmen (one case) from the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province, and in Zhejiang (four cases), Jiangsu (one case) and Guangxi (one case) from the National Health and Family Planning Commission.
The case in Jiangmen involves a woman aged 67. She passed away on January 28.
The four cases in Zhejiang involve four men aged 64, 75, 76 and 78 who are all under treatment in hospital.
The case in Jiangsu involves a woman aged 75. She is now hospitalised for treatment.
The case in Guangxi involves a woman aged 56 who is now hospitalised for treatment.
As of yesterday, a total of 266 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been confirmed in the Mainland, including Zhejiang (111 cases), Shanghai (41 cases), Jiangsu (36 cases), Guangdong (37 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), Guizhou (one case, imported from Zhejiang) and Guangxi (one case).
"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.