Thursday, December 15, 2016

Macao Health Department Follow Up On Local H7N9 Case


We've an update this morning from Macao's Health Department on their epidemiological investigation - and contact tracing - of their first H7N9 case.  
They have now identified 95 people who may have had some contact with the infected poultry of the 58 y.o. poultry vendor who tested positive two days ago.

So far, no one is exhibiting symptoms.   This from the Macao Government Portal.

Health Bureau continues to closely follow the first confirmed cases of human infection with H7N9 avian influenza virus in Macao and the health status of other contacts

The Health Bureau said that the first 58-year-old man who was confirmed to be the first human case of Avian Influenza A (H7N9) virus infection in Hong Kong in the early morning of 14 December is still in isolation at Isle of Wight Hospital in Isle of Wight and is now receiving isolation and antiviral treatment ; And was defined as close contacts of infected wife wife of its H7N9 virus test is still negative, is still in the general hospital ward of Jen General Hospital isolation voluntarily accepted medical observation, now two people in good health.

In addition, a total of 95 general practitioners, including poultry practitioners from the Guangdong and Guangdong markets, poultry cullers from the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, and firefighters with confirmed cases, were undergoing medical observation. Up to now, they are not any symptoms.

The Department of Health has stated that the Government has formulated a contingency plan for avian flu and made adequate preparations, including stockpiles of antiviral drugs, personal protective equipment, facilities and equipment. The Department of Health will continue to maintain close contact with the health authorities in the country and neighboring regions and the World Health Organization (WHO) to monitor the outbreaks in various localities and in Macao and to prevent and control avian influenza in neighboring areas or Macao through cross-sectoral and public-private partnerships. Ready to work. 

However, according to past experience, the Health Bureau is expected in the near future areas H7N9 avian influenza virus activity is more active, called on the citizens of Australia to make the following preventive measures:
 Avoid going to places where poultry has been sold or displayed in markets and farms where the recent outbreak of Influenza A H7N9 has occurred;

 avoid contact with birds and their secretions, excreta; if contact should immediately wash their hands;

 Do not buy or carry unqualified birds;

 Do not eat thoroughly cooked poultry meat, offal, blood products and eggs;

 pay attention to personal hygiene, often wash their hands;

 If there is fever, cough, dyspnea and other symptoms, should wear a mask, as soon as possible medical treatment, and detailed to the doctor travel history and animal contact history.

For more information on Avian Influenza A H7N9, please call the Health Bureau's website ( or call the Health Bureau Infectious Disease Hotline 28700800 during office hours.

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