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