THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Hong Kong's CHP reveals three new human cases of avian flu

The Centre for the Health Protection of the Hong Kong Department of Health announced on Wednesday that it received notification of three new human cases of avian influenza A H7N9 infection.

The first case involves a 75-year-old man from Guangzhou who was pronounced dead on March 1. The other cases involve a 36-year-old man from Jiangsu and a 59-year-old man from Shandong, both of whom are under hospitalization for treatment.

The newly reported cases bring the total number of human cases of avian influenza A H7N9 to 374 in the Mainland. The CHP said that it remains diligent in the surveillance of the disease and is committed to altering health initiatives based on the World Health Organization's recommendations.

"Locally, enhanced disease surveillance, port health measures and health education against avian influenza are ongoing," a DH spokesperson said. "All boundary control points have implemented disease prevention and control measures. Thermal imaging systems are in place for body temperature checks of inbound travelers. Random temperature checks by handheld devices have also been arranged."

The CHP recommends that all persons seek medical attention immediately following the onset of symptoms and that the public take precautions against contracting the virus, including practicing good food and personal hygiene.

The CHP asked that the public avoid live poultry markets, handling live birds or bird feces and thoroughly cook all poultry and eggs prior to consumption to reduce the risk of contracting the avian influenza.