Saturday, May 02, 2015

HK CHP Notified Of An Additional Mainland H7N9 Case

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Location of Jiangxi Province – Wikipedia

 

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Despite the abrupt slowdown in H7N9 reporting out of China beginning the first week of March (see H7N9: No News Is . . . . Curious), the Mainland has still managed to post nearly 200 cases since November of 2014.  Based on limited, and often delayed reporting to date, this third wave appears to have been less active than the 2nd wave.

 

Note: Many provinces have elected tor release bulk information in EOM epidemiological reports, and it is possible we’ll see additional `April’ cases announced over the next couple of weeks.

 

In the meantime, we’ve got this announcement from Hong Kong’s CHP of their notification of a single H7N9 case in Jiangxi province. 

 

CHP closely monitors additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Mainland

May 2, 2015 Issued at HKT 18:09

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (May 2) closely monitoring an additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in the Mainland, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.


According to the Health and Family Planning Commission of Jiangxi Province, the patient is a 39-year-old woman who is hospitalised for treatment in critical condition.


From 2013 to date, 635 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported by the Mainland health authorities. Regarding the third wave in the Mainland since November 2014, a total of 195 cases have been reported, including 72 in Guangdong , 39 in Fujian, 38 in Zhejiang, 17 in Jiangsu, seven in Anhui, seven in Xinjiang, six in Shanghai, three in Jiangxi, two in Hunan, two in Shandong, one in Guizhou and one in Hubei.


"Locally, we will remain vigilant and work closely with the World Health Organization and relevant health authorities to monitor the latest developments," a spokesman for the DH said.


The DH's Port Health Office conducts health surveillance measures at all boundary control points. Thermal imaging systems are in place for body temperature checks on inbound travellers. Suspected cases will be immediately referred to public hospitals for follow-up.


The display of posters and broadcast of health messages in departure and arrival halls as health education for travellers is underway. The travel industry and other stakeholders are regularly updated of latest information.


Travellers, especially those returning from avian influenza-affected areas with fever or respiratory symptoms, should immediately wear masks, seek medical attention and reveal their travel history to doctors. Healthcare professionals should pay special attention to patients who might have had contact with poultry, birds or their droppings in affected areas.

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