Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Macao Govt Update On H7N9


Normally on a Tuesday morning we'd be examining Hong Kong CHP's latest weekly Avian Influenza Report, but - likely due to short staffing during the extended Chinese New Year's Holiday - this week's report has yet to be published.. 

Exactly when that report will be posted is uncertain. They may also be waiting on reports from the mainland, which has been slow to release information all winter.  In any event, I'll blog it when it appears.

In the meantime, Macao - which ordered poultry markets closed for three days after detecting H7N9 late last week, has posted the following update.   Their imported case - hospitalized 19 days ago - is reportedly still receiving treatment in isolation.

Thus far, none of the close contacts in either incident have developed symptoms or tested positive for the virus.   Which, given the uptick in cases on the mainland, is a reassuring sign.

Health Bureau recently (January 26) the poultry wholesale market Guangdong detected H7 antigen event, practitioners and other poultry HAD poultry wholesale market in southern Guangdong culling personnel, a total of 106 general contacts being under medical observation. Until now, they did not have any symptoms.

H7N9 avian flu on January 12 confirmed one case of human infection with the input of the current patient is still in hospital isolation ward Conde treated in isolation, today (January 31) no fever, the disease in general. Health will continue to follow up on the patient's condition.

Region local infections occurred since September 2016 including Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Shanghai, Guangdong, Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi, Guizhou, Shandong.

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, especially in Australia made the following appeal to the public:
• 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 hotline 28700800 Health Department infectious disease within Bangongshijian.

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