MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Hong Kong learns of three new avian flu cases in China

The Hong Kong Department of Health's Centre for Health Protection announced on Sunday that it received notification of three new human cases of avian influenza A H7N9 in China.

The Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province informed the CHP of two cases, one in Chaozhou and one in Meizhou. China's National Health and Family Planning Commission notified Hong Kong of one case in Fujian. All three patients were hospitalized for treatment as of Sunday.

The three new cases of avian influenza A H7N9 brings the total number of cases up to 379 in China, including 138 cases in Zhejiang.

"Locally, enhanced disease surveillance, port health measures and health education against avian influenza are ongoing," a spokesperson for the DH, 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 spokesperson said further cases of avian flu are expected in affected areas and potentially in neighboring areas.

The spokesperson urged individuals planning to travel outside Hong Kong to maintain good personal, food and environmental hygiene at all times. The spokesperson advised travelers returning from avian flu-affected areas with respiratory or fever symptoms to wear masks, seek medical attention and reveal their travel history to doctors.