MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

Hong Kong learns of 10 new avian flu cases in China

The Hong Kong Department of Health's Centre for Health Protection announced on Thursday that it received notification of 10 additional human cases of avian influenza A H7N9 in China.

Hong Kong learned on Wednesday of four new cases from China's Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province and six cases from China's National Health and Family Planning Commission. The 10 new cases bring the total of confirmed human cases of avian influenza A H7N9 in China to 302. Zhejiang has the most cases so far with 122 in total.

Four of the new cases occurred in Zhejiang, two of them occurred in Zhaoqing and there was one case of influenza each in Foshan, Shenzhen, Fujian and Guangxi.

The four Zhejiang cases involved two men aged 49 and 67 and two women aged 35 and 59. The Zhaoqing cases involved a 42-year-old man and a five-year-old girl. All 10 patients were receiving hospital treatment as of Thursday.

The CHP said it was closely monitoring the avian flu situation in China.

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

The CHP advised members of the public to not visit live poultry market and farms and avoid entering areas where poultry may be slaughtered.