FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

Hong Kong learns of eight new avian flu cases in China

The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection announced on Wednesday that it received notification of eight additional human cases of avian influenza A H7N9 in China.

The eight cases reported on Tuesday bring the total number of human cases of avian influenza A H7N9 to 292 in China. The Department of Health's CHP said it was closely monitoring the situation.

"Locally, enhanced disease surveillance, port health measures and health education against avian influenza are ongoing," a DH spokesperson 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 eight new cases included one case each in Zhaoqing, Huizhou, Jiangsu and Yangjiang and four cases in Zhejiang. The case in Zhaoqing involved a girl who was hospitalized for treatment as of Tuesday. The Yangjiang and Huizhou cases involved a man in his 50s and a man in his 70s. Both died on Monday.

The Jiangsu case involved a woman aged 59 who was hospitalized for treatment and the four Zhejiang cases occurred in men who were hospitalized for treatment. Zhejiang has the highest number of cases of avian influenza A H7N9 in China with 118 in total.

The CHP recommended that travelers take precautions when traveling outside of Hong Kong.

"In view of human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) confirmed in Hong Kong and multiple cases notified by the Mainland, the activity of the virus is expected to be higher in the winter season," the spokesperson said. "Those planning to travel outside Hong Kong should maintain good personal, environmental and food hygiene at all times."