Based on what appears to be Hong Kong’s 11th imported H7N9 case (see Media Reports: H7N9 Case In Hong Kong) – and their first case of this winter season – HK’s emergency steering committee has raised their pandemic response level to `Serious’, the second highest level.
We saw similar declarations last winter when imported cases arrived in Hong Kong, and so officials there are well accustomed to the drill.
Serious Response Level
9. Serious Response Level corresponds to a situation where the risk of a novel influenza virus causing new and serious impact to human health in Hong Kong is moderate. Generally, it depicts a moderate risk of serious human infections caused by the novel influenza virus in Hong Kong, but serious infections are not expected to be widespread in the short term. Illustrative scenarios are shown in Box 2.
While there is no update on the CHP website as of this writing (other than the raised response level), media reports have been pretty consistent on the details. The local woman diagnosed with H7N9 has fairly recent travel history (with 2 female companions) to the Longgang district of Shenzhen, and consumed chicken on the trip, but the source of her infection has yet to be determined.
2014/12/27 21:43 Latest update: 2014/12/27 21:43
(Central News Agency reporter Zhang Qian 27 (Xinhua) Hong Kong) Hong Kong authorities confirmed locally occurred after infection confirmed cases of H7N9 avian influenza, tonight announced that the influenza pandemic alert was raised serious strain. Authorities announced earlier, a 68-year-old local woman confirmed cases of H7N9 bird flu, is to Tuen Mun Hospital in critical condition. Secretary for Food and Health, said Ko night, the patient's family revealed that the patient had been on the 13th in China Shenzhen Longgang eaten cooked chickens afternoon after returning to Hong Kong, have not been to the local markets. According to preliminary authority to judge this is to enter the case, but was unable to determine the source of infection. 1031227
In this report, we learn that efforts are underway to contact the patient’s traveling companions.
A 68-year-old local woman confirmed cases of H7N9 bird flu, now admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital in critical condition.
Food and Health Secretary Ko Wing-man, said the patient's family revealed that patients on the 13th of this month at about 8:00 in the morning with two female friends, the Shenzhen Bay Port, Shenzhen Longgang friend's house to eat cooked chickens today around 17:00 after returning to Hong Kong in Hong Kong during the incubation period not been to the market, initially classified the case as an input, but failed to identify the source of infection.
Ko Wing-man, said the patient developed fever on the 19th, twice consulted a private doctor, the day before the accident and emergency department for treatment of Tuen Mun Hospital, did not disclose to the public hospital during staff travel history. Ko said that public hospitals have already pandemic alert level to severe strain.
CHP Director of Health Leung Ting-hung appeal, two people with the patient as soon as possible to Shenzhen contact center.