TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018

Hong Kong confirms two more avian flu cases in China

Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection verified two additional cases of avian flu on Sunday with China's National Health and Family Planning Commission in China's Zhejiang province.

The first case of avian influenza A H7N9, which was confirmed on Saturday, occurred in a 78-year-old male who was in critical condition. The patient is receiving treatment in a Hangzhou hospital.

The second case occurred in a 34-year-old man who was in serious condition. The patient is receiving treatment in a Ningbo hospital after his laboratory specimen was confirmed on Sunday.

As of Sunday evening, there were a total of 165 human cases of avian influenza A H7N9 confirmed in China, including 58 cases in Zhejiang.

The CHP planned to follow up with Chinese authorities to obtain further case details.

A spokesperson for the CHP advised travelers, particularly individuals returning from avian influenza-affected areas and countries, with respiratory symptoms or fever to wear masks, seek medical attention and tell doctors their travel history. The CHP advised healthcare professionals to pay special attention to patients who could have come into contact with poultry, birds or bird droppings in the affected areas.

The CHP warned members of the public about visiting live poultry markets and suggested they avoid crowded places and contact with fever patients.