Hong Kong learns of seven new avian flu cases in China

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

On Thursday, China's Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province informed the CHP of one case of avian flu in Foshan and China's National Health and Family Commission informed the CHP of seven cases. The seven avian flu cases included two each in Zhejiang and Jiangsu and one each in Hunan, Beijing and Guangxi.

The eight additional cases brings the total of avian flu cases up to 310 in total in China. The cases include one case each in Hebei and Guizhou, two cases in Shandong, three cases in Guangxi, four cases each in Henan, Beijing and Anhui, six cases in Jiangxi, seven cases in Hunan, 19 cases in Fujian, 39 cases in Jiangsu, 41 cases in Shanghai, 55 cases in Guangdong and 124 cases in Zhejiang.

The CHP said it was working with the World Health Organization and relevant authorities on the matter and will modify local surveillance activities as needed.

"In view of human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) confirmed in Hong Kong and multiple cases notified by the mainland, the activity of the virus is expected to be higher in the winter season," a spokesperson for the DH said. "Those planning to travel outside Hong Kong should maintain good personal, environmental and food hygiene at all times."

The DH recommends that travelers, particularly individuals returning from avian influenza-affected areas with fever or respiratory symptoms, wear masks, seek medical attention and discuss their travel history with doctors.