SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

CHP in Hong Kong announces new case of avian bird flu

The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health in Hong Kong announced a new confirmed case of avian influenza A, H7N9, bringing the total count of confirmed cases to 135.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission of Hong Kong reported the new case to the CHP. The newest victim, a 35-year-old male, tested positive for avian flu by health workers from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in the Zhejiang Province.

The case was later reconfirmed by the Health Bureau of the Zhejiang Province. The victim is currently admitted at a hospital and in serious condition.

A spokesperson from the Hong Kong DOH said the CHP is closely monitoring the prevalence of the avian flu in the nation, as cases have already been reported in 12 provinces throughout Hong Kong and China, including Fujian, Anhui, Henan, Jiangxi, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shandong, Beijing, Hebei, Guangdong and Hunan. The CHP is committed to implement the recommendations from the World Health Organization, to maintain control over the outbreak.

"Locally, no confirmed human cases of avian influenza A have been recorded so far," the spokesperson said.

Health officials have recommended citizens with plans for travel to at-risk regions or who visit persons with a suspected infection take precautions against a potential infection, including wearing protective masks and seeking medical attention at the first sign of a infection.