WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

Hong Kong CHP announces four novel avian influenza cases, one death

The Centre for Health Protection of the Hong Kong Department of Health announced on Monday that it received notification of four novel human cases of avian influenza A H7N9 infections, including one death.

The new cases involve a 2-year-old girl from Zhongshan, a 76-year-old woman from Huizhou and 27-year-old man from Fuijan, all of whom are currently under hospitalization for treatment. The fourth case, a 59-year-old man from Hunan, died on Monday.

The new cases bring the total number of avian influenza A H7N9 infections to 284 in the Mainland. The CHP announced that it is remaining diligent in its surveillance of the disease and continues to enhance control and prevention measures.

"Locally, enhanced disease surveillance, port health measures and health education against avian influenza are ongoing," a DH spokesman 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."

The DH has disease and control measures established throughout the nation, including thermal imaging systems and random temperature checks of travelers. All suspicious cases will be transferred to hospitals for immediate medical attention.

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

The DH reminds the public to maintain good personal and food hygiene to decrease the risk of avian influenza infection. The DH also asks that anyone who develops flu-like symptoms seek medical attention immediately.