Hong Kong learns of two new human cases of avian flu in China

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

On Thursday, China's Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province notified the CHP of one case in Guangzhou and the National Health and Planning Family Commission told the CHP about a case in Anhui. Both patients were hospitalized for treatment as of Thursday.

The two cases brings the total of human cases of avian influenza up to 352 cases in mainland China, including 135 cases in Zhejiang, 71 cases in Guangdong, 41 cases in Jiangsu and Shanghai, 20 cases in Fujian, 14 cases in Hunan, nine cases in Anhui, six cases in Jiangxi, four cases in Beijing and Henan, three cases in Guangxi, two cases in Shandong and one case each in Guizhou and Hebei.

The CHP said it was working with the World Health Organization and relevant health authorities on the matter.

"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 CHP advised members of the public to remain vigilant and take preventive action against avian flu.