Thursday, April 4, 2013

#H7N9: CHP Announcement: 64(M) Zhejiang Died; 48(M) Shanghai Died

Hong Kong (HKSAR) - The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health received notification from the National Health and Family Planning Commission (the Commission) today (April 4) concerning two confirmed human cases of influenza A (H7N9).

A CHP spokesman said the case in Zhejiang was a 64-year-old man, who passed away today. As regards the case in Shanghai, the 48-year-old male patient died yesterday (April 3).

Laboratory tests on the two patients' specimens by the Mainland health authorities yielded a positive result for H7N9.

According to the Commission, the 48-year-old man was a poultry worker. No epidemiological link between the two cases was identified.

So far, no abnormality was detected among the 63 close contacts of two cases.

The spokesman said that influenza A (H7) is a statutorily notifiable infectious disease in Hong Kong. The CHP is maintaining close liaison with the Mainland health authorities to obtain more information on the cases.

"We will heighten our vigilance and continue to maintain stringent port health measures in connection with this development," the spokesman said.

The spokesman also advised travellers especially those returning from Shanghai, Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang with respiratory symptoms to wear facial masks and seek medical attention and reveal their travel histories to doctors. Health-care professionals should also pay special attention to those travellers who might have contact with birds or poultry in the four places.

Source: HKSAR Government

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