SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

Hong Kong CHP announces two novel cases of bird flu

Hong Kong Department of Health's Centre for Health Protection announced on Wednesday that it received notice of two novel human cases of avian influenza A H7N9 and urged the public to take precautions against infection.

The two new cases involve a 65-year-old woman from Guangzhou and a two-year-old girl from Zhejiang. Both are currently under hospitalization for treatment.

The new cases increase the total number of human cases of avian influenza A H7N9 to 364 in the Mainland. The CHP affirmed its commitment to maintain surveillance of the disease, including port control methods and health education.

"All boundary control points have implemented disease prevention and control measures," a DH spokesperson 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."

CHP officials said they expect the prevalence of influenza to increase throughout the winter season and asked the public to take precautions against infection, including the avoidance of live poultry markets and the handling of poultry, thoroughly cooking poultry and eggs before consumptions, good personal and food hygiene practices, wearing masks when appropriate and seeking medical attention immediately following the onset of symptoms.