Thursday, April 4, 2013

#H7N9: CHP Announcement: Notification of three more human cases of H7N9 in Shanghai

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) tonight (April 4) concerning three more confirmed human cases of influenza A (H7N9).

A CHP spokesman said the three cases involved a 67-year-old woman, who is in critical condition; a 4-year-old boy, who is in satisfactory condition; and a 52-year-old female patient who passed away yesterday (April 3).

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

According to the Commission, no epidemiological link between the three cases was identified. So far, except a close contact of the 52-year-old female patient developed fever and runny nose, no abnormality was detected among the other 51 close contacts of three 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.

Source: HKSAR Government

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