MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Hong Kong learns of three additional avian flu cases in China

The Hong Kong Department of Health's Centre for Health Protection said on Monday that it recently received notification from Chinese health officials of three additional cases of avian influenza A H7N9.

On Sunday, China's Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province notified the CHP of one case in Shenzhen and China's National Health and Family Planning Commission notified the CHP of one case in Jiangsu and one case in Anhui. The three cases bring the total number of human cases of avian flu in China up to 347.

All three of the patients were receiving hospital treatment as of Sunday.

The CHP said it would remain vigilant and work with the World Health Organization and relevant health authorities on the matter.

"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," a spokesperson for the DH said. "Those planning to travel outside Hong Kong should maintain good personal, environmental and food hygiene at all times."

The spokesperson advised travelers, particularly individuals returning from avian influenza-affected areas, to avoid visiting live poultry markets and farms, avoid entering areas where poultry may be slaughtered and to wear masks and seek medical attention if respiratory symptoms develop.