Friday, August 16, 2013

WHO Director Dr Chan: #H7N9 winter will not rule out a more active person to person

August 16, 2013

BEIJING, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) According to Hong Kong "Ta Kung Pao" report, World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan said that the Guangdong province of H7N9 confirmed cases are expected, difficult to estimate the virus will spread to Hong Kong. She said the H7N9 virus is particularly active during the winter, has estimated the district has a large number of patients stealth, called frontline health care workers to strengthen surveillance. Hong Kong Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man, said earlier arrangements have been considered H7N9 epidemic may spread through bird droppings, has not changed arrangements to.
Dr Margaret Chan, 15, said after attending a conference Beijing, H7N9 virus by the flow of people and animals spread to different parts of the confirmed cases in Guangdong Province is expected, not surprised, but she thinks if the authorities can effectively implement contingency measures, the situation can still be controlled.
As the epidemic will spread to Hong Kong, she admits that there are many viruses currently unclear, difficult to estimate. She thanked the Chinese government to take decisive potent control measures, the policy of transparency and high, so that no further spread of the epidemic to other countries. She believes that the current should remain vigilant, research has shown that the virus is more active during the winter, it may be more cases, emphasizing the WHO will work closely with the Mainland to strengthen monitoring, if found early signs of any problems, we will inform the world countries.
Do not rule out human transmission
Margaret Chan of the Hong Kong in 1997 when the Director of Health, treated H5N1 avian influenza in Hong Kong, then conducted a survey of public and chicken vendors virus antibody response, she suggested that the Government has the ability and resources to do so, they can refer to the year approach. She pointed out that, H7N9 does not cause a large number of chickens died of the virus in poultry epidemic can not warning, there may have been a lot of invisible cell disease who will not rule out human transmission case. She believes that the identification frontline health care workers is the best prevention method, called for medical staff to strengthen the monitoring and investigation.

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