Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Macao : Detection Of H7 In Poultry - Sales Suspended 3 Days

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For the third time this year the Macao SAR government has announced the detection of HPAI H7 in imported poultry from the mainland.  The last occurrence was in June (see Macao: New Detection Of Avian H7 In Poultry Market - Live Sales Halted 3 Days), which followed a similar report last February.

Last May Hong Kong closed their markets after an environmental sample collected in May proved positive (see Hong Kong's Bird Flu Dilemma).

Hong Kong will no doubt take notice, as they import poultry from the mainland as well.

HAD in December 13 Entrance test batch indwelling live poultry samples found with H7 subtypes of avian influenza virus, the full batch of live poultry No outflow market. To ensure public health, the Government instant avian influenza program, decided to suspend the sale of live poultry in Macao least 3 days from now, and the full destruction of live poultry wholesale market, and the wholesale, retail and other places slaughter fully cleaned and disinfected. 

China imports of live poultry carried lien Department inspection and quarantine, in which five hundred bamboo chicken samples taken in, detected in samples with H7 subtypes of avian influenza virus. , Min Department rapid series of measures based on considerations of public interest, including immediately blocking wholesale poultry wholesale floor, prohibit live poultry transported from the wholesale market, and the retention of the existing wholesale market in about ten thousand live poultry (including approximately six thousand seven hundred and thirty chickens only, five hundred and three thousand pigeons bamboo chicken) fully destroyed.

 The Macao from today, to stop the sale of live poultry least three days. According to the "avian flu emergency contingency plan", the relevant source register field detection of suspect samples will be suspended for Macao, virus source investigation, Macao and the Mainland authorities to be confirmed by both parties for the supply so far. 

The SAR Government will wholesale markets and Macao three birds each file to conduct a comprehensive cleaning and disinfection, and will issue guidelines to the health of poultry workers in Macao and related staff, and will be vigilant, pay special attention to the relevant poultry workers health, pay close attention to developments. Health Bureau tomorrow (December 14) to explain the activities of the poultry wholesale market practitioners, providing them with health advice and follow-up, their health. 

Health Bureau epidemiological investigation, has defined two persons as contacts, including a freight driver and a 51-year-old male wholesale stall. Freight drivers for the mainlanders have been back to the mainland, the mainland delivery Health Bureau will follow up data. Stall owners who will be filled with cages of chickens batch move off the train, but take time to wear masks, gloves, aprons and boots and other protective measures to lower the risk of infection, generally defined as contacts. The person had been sent to Conde S. Januario Hospital for H7N9 avian influenza virus detection, the results are pending. 

Health Bureau will continue and the country and neighboring areas in the health sector, World Health Organization keep in close contact, surveillance and outbreak Macao around, and through cross-sector and public-private partnerships, avian flu or Macau neighborhood once do prevention and preparedness. Based on past experience, the Health Bureau of the next period of time H7N9 bird flu activity more active, make the following appeal to the public in Australia: 

● avoid visiting the recent influenza A H7N9 bird flu downtown area, there are farms where the sale or display of birds;
● Avoid contact with birds and their secretions, excretions; if contact should wash their hands immediately;
● Do not buy, carry without quarantine birds;
● Do not eat undercooked poultry meat, offal, blood products and eggs;
● Note Gerenweisheng, wash hands frequently;
● symptoms such as fever, cough, breathing difficulties, should wear a mask and seek medical advice as soon as possible, and to detailing the history of travel and animal contact history doctor. 

For more information on Influenza A H7N9 avian influenza, can be found in the Health Bureau website (www.ssm.gov.mo) or call the Health Department infectious disease hotline within Bangongshijian 28,700,800.

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