April 2, 2013
Hong Kong (HKSAR) - Representatives from the Department of Health (DH)
and the Hospital Authority (HA) met today (April 2) to discuss the
updated situation of the confirmed human cases of Influenza A (H7N9) in
the Mainland and will work together in enhancing the surveillance and
control measures for the disease.
Speaking at a media session
after the meeting, the Controller of the Centre for Health Protection
(CHP) of the DH, Dr Leung Ting-hung, expressed concern on the latest
development of the disease in the Mainland.
"The mortality of Influenza A (H7N9) is very high.
Although there is no evidence to show human-to-human transmission, the
mutation potential of the virus is high. As such, we will not treat the
disease lightly," Dr Leung said.
"Doctors are advised to be
vigilant and report any suspected cases to the CHP. Health-care workers
should exercise appropriate infection control measures at all times.
The public should pay particular attention to personal and
environmental hygiene and avoid direct contact with animals, birds or
poultry," he said, adding that the Alert Response Level under the
Government's Preparedness Plan for Influenza Pandemic 2012 is activated
and that relevant surveillance and control measures have been enhanced.
Leung also advised travellers especially those returning from Shanghai
and Anhui 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 two
The CHP will closely monitor the situation, continue to
maintain close liaison with the Mainland health authorities and keep a
close eye on the advice from the World Health Organization.
speaking at the media session, the Chief Infection Control Officer of
the HA, Dr Dominic Tsang, stressed that while working closely with the
CHP, the HA has enhanced surveillance for patients with influenza
symptoms. The frontline health-care staff of accident and emergency
departments will pay special attention to those patients referred by the
Port Health Office under the DH, while hospital laboratories will
provide full support for timely test services. Visitors to the clinical
areas of the public hospitals and clinics will also be advised to wear
Source: HKSAR Government