Hong Kong's CHP releases details on 18-month-old avian influenza patient

The Center for Health Protection of the Hong Kong Department of Health released on Wednesday the details of a newly reported confirmed human case of avian influenza A H7N9 affecting an 18-month-old girl.

CHP health officials announced that a preliminary investigation found 13 close contacts and 120 general contacts of the child, all of whom are under medical surveillance.

The 13 close contacts of the child are under quarantine. One of the persons tested positive for avian influenza A H7N9 infection, two are symptomatic, six tested negative and the results of the other contacts are pending.

The CHP expressed its commitment to continue surveillance of the disease and asks the public to take precautions against infection, including practicing good personal and food hygiene, such as the thorough cooking of poultry, avoiding live bird markets, wearing masks when appropriate and seeking medical attention at the onset of symptoms.

"In view of human cases of avian influenza A H7N9 confirmed locally and multiple cases notified by the Mainland, further cases are expected in affected and possibly neighboring areas," a DH spokesman said. "Those planning to travel outside Hong Kong should maintain good personal, environmental and food hygiene at all times."

In an effort to maintain effective prevention and control practices against avian influenza A H7N9, the CHP has implemented awareness campaigns, port surveillance, thermal body imaging and other countermeasures.