TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Hong Kong confirms case of avian flu in China

Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection verified a human case of avian influenza A H7N9 on Thursday with China's National Health and Family Planning Commission in a woman in Zhejiang.

The 51-year-old patient's case of avian flu was confirmed on Wednesday. She is receiving medical treatment in a Hangzhou hospital and was in serious condition as of Thursday. The CHP said it would follow up with Chinese health authorities to gain additional details.

"Locally, enhanced disease surveillance, port health measures and health education against avian influenza are ongoing," a spokesperson with Hong Kong's Department of Health said. "We will remain vigilant and maintain liaison with the World Health Organization and relevant health authorities. Local surveillance activities will be modified upon the WHO's recommendations."

To date, there were 152 confirmed human cases of avian influenza A H7N9 in China, including 53 cases in Zhejiang. Thirty-four cases occurred in Shanghai, 29 in Jiangsu, 10 in Guangdong, six in Jiangxi, five in Fujian, four in Anhui, four in Henan, two in Beijing, two in Hunan, two in Shandong and one in Hebei.

The DH in Hong Kong said it is taking precautions to ensure cases do not occur locally.

"All boarder control points have implemented disease prevention and control measures," the DH spokesperson said. "Thermal imaging systems are in place for body temperature checks of inbound travelers. Random temperature checks by handheld devices will also be arranged. Suspected cases will be immediately referred to public hospitals for follow-up investigation."