Hong Kong (HKSAR) - The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) tonight (April 2) verified with the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) four confirmed human cases of Influenza A (H7N9) in Jiangsu, involving one man and three women, aged between 32 and 83, all of whom currently in critical condition.
Laboratory tests on the patients' specimens by the Mainland health authorities yielded positive results for H7N9.
to the Health Department of Jiangsu, the 45-year-old female patient is a
poultry worker and no epidemiological links were identified among the
four cases at this stage. So far, the 167 close contacts of the four
patients are asymptomatic.
A spokesman for DH stressed that the
CHP is closely monitoring the situation, will continue to maintain close
liaison with the Mainland health authorities for more case information
as well as keep a close eye on the advice from the World Health
The spokesman also advised travellers especially
those returning from Shanghai, Anhui and Jiangsu with respiratory
symptoms to wear facial masks and seek medical attention and reveal
their travel histories to doctors.
should also pay special attention to those travellers who might have
contact with birds or poultry in the three places.
Members of the public are reminded to take heed of the following preventive advice against avian influenza:
Source: HKSAR Government