Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Shenzhen Port Authorities Increase Health Inspections As Influenza Cases Rise

Shenzhen Port Inspection and Quarantine


Although China's NHFPC reported two weeks ago that seasonal influenza was declining across most of China, Hong Kong continues to report heavy flu activity, and neighboring Shenzhen - which serves as the gateway between HK and the Mainland - has announced they are ramping up port inspections and quarantine operations.
The following (translated) report has appeared in at least a half dozen Chinese news outlets overnight, and it describes an increased vigilance against flu by their port inspection service.
The article also mentions what has been an ongoing theme in Chinese media reports the past few weeks; concerns over late season surge in avian flu and/or the emergence of a a new mutated strain of influenza.

While all of this is likely precautionary, given the tone and frequency of recent reports, its worth noting.

Shenzhen incoming passengers increased proportion of confirmed influenza surveillance will strengthen quarantine

At 09:32 on March 6, 2018 Source: China News Network

BEIJING, Shenzhen, March 6 (by Xu Mei Chan), according to the Shenzhen Inspection and Quarantine 5 news, the Shenzhen Port monitoring data show that, in the diagnosis of influenza A accounted for incoming passengers increased from 12% in January to February 31%.
To further improve the prevention and control of influenza, Shenzhen Inspection and Quarantine Inspection and Quarantine Bureau will strengthen monitoring.
It is reported that the annual high incidence of influenza is from November to March next year. According to the weekly influenza surveillance report released by the National Influenza Center, the percentage of flu-like cases treated in the seventh week of 2018 was higher than last week and the same period of last year.The proportion of influenza A (mainly H3) has exceeded that of type B influenza.

It is understood that influenza A infection rate is faster and more prone to mutation, cross-infection between animals and humans, more pathogenic.

Shenzhen Inspection and Quarantine Bureau said that it will take a number of measures to strictly prevent and control the spring flu, on the scene to discover and take the initiative to declare a fever, headache, cough and sore throat and other symptoms of passengers, will conduct medical investigations in a timely manner; port infrared temperature monitoring equipment Operation and protection of material reserves to be checked so that the facilities and equipment are in good operation with sufficient reserves of protection and emergency supplies.
At the same time, a wide range of publicity and education programs have been launched to disseminate the latest outbreak of influenza and related prevention methods through LED and on-site self-help health consultation system , Effectively improve the awareness of entry and exit personnel of scientific prevention.

Shenzhen Inspection and Quarantine Department reminded, if there is fever, cough, headache, general malaise and other symptoms, they should take the initiative to declare to the exit exit inspection and quarantine authorities in order to get timely diagnosis. (Finish)

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