Monday, December 9, 2013

Hong Kong Centre For Health Protection (CHP) Update December 9, 2013 #H7N9

December 9, 2013

CHP on the second case of human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) confirmed cases of epidemiological investigation and follow-up work

Centre for Health Protection , Department of Health spokesman said today ( December 7 ) Hong Kong confirmed the second case of avian influenza infection in humans (H7N9) cases , to provide the latest information . The case involved an 83- year-old man .

A spokesman said: "The Government " Serious Response Level influenza pandemic contingency plan " has been launched under the epidemiological investigation and follow-up work of the CHP are full speed ."

He said, " The patient was transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital for treatment under isolation and are in stable condition ."

As of 4pm today, the CHP has tracked the nineteenth close contacts and more than one hundred and thirty other contacts. Details are as follows :

( A ) of nineteen patients who had been in close contact with quarantine and was prescribed Tamiflu drugs for prevention and treatment , they include :

One . Thirteen patients admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital patient intercourse period ( including both general symptoms appear ) ;

Two . Five of his family members did not appear asymptomatic , being at the Princess Margaret Hospital for isolation ; , and

Three . December 3 pick was the patient and his family to Tuen Mun Hospital for the taxi driver has been found in the Shenzhen Bay Port , he no symptoms , and had been sent to Princess Margaret Hospital for isolation.

Eighteen in close contact with the sample after the CHP Public Health Laboratory Services Branch preliminary tests are confirmed for avian influenza (H7N9) virus were negative , and the remaining one was asymptomatic close contacts of the samples, to be laboratory results . They will accept quarantine , isolation period since the last contact with patients from the date ten days. If circumstances change during the health , need further testing and observation.

( B ) more than one hundred and thirty other contacts ( including other relatives of patients , health care workers and related visitors who came to Tuen Mun Hospital and ambulance services , as well as one of the Shenzhen Bay border crossing immigration control officers ) are under medical surveillance . Among them, four Tuen Mun Hospital medical staff appeared generally asymptomatic , all on avian influenza A (H7N9) virus was negative.

As year-old female patient with the first confirmed case , still in Queen Mary Hospital for treatment under isolation , the current critical condition. As of 4pm today, the CHP found no new cases for this close contact . Contact has been maintained close contacts in seventeen other contacts were two hundred and thirty people will continue to receive medical surveillance . These 17 close contacts also continue to receive quarantine , isolation period since the last contact with the patient from the date ten days. During the isolation period , if the health situation has changed , need to be tested again and observation.

CHP epidemiological investigation ( including contact tracing , and follow up on the source of infection ) two cases continues.

CHP has stepped up surveillance of suspected cases of local public and private hospitals , and will continue to work with the World Health Organization ( WHO ) , the Mainland and overseas health authorities to contact , monitor the latest development , the exchange of accurate and timely information, and according to WHO recommendations , the adjustment local monitoring strategy.

The spokesman said: "The Department of Health has for disease prevention and control measures at all ports of entry , existing ports already have sufficient infrared thermal imager for temperature monitoring of all incoming persons have contacted the Department Auxiliary Medical Service and Civil Aid Service . team , to increase manpower at entry and exit points to portable instrument sampling temperature of travelers if suspected cases of infectious diseases , will immediately be referred to a public hospital for follow-up investigation . "

Health education crossings travelers , the Department has stepped distributing health education leaflets , putting up posters in the lobby about immigration avian influenza A (H7N9) in arriving aircraft broadcast , strengthen port environmental health inspections and through meetings and communication of information to the travel industry updates regularly diseases . DH will closely monitor developments and take appropriate port health measures .

The spokesman added : "We have stepped up propaganda against avian influenza and Health Education Centre for Health Protection has issued letters to various government departments and related organizations , reminding them to take measures to prevent avian influenza ."

CHP has set up a hotline ( 21251111 ) for public inquiries. As of 4pm today, the hotline received seventy-two query.

The spokesman reminded the arriving passengers , especially travelers from areas affected by avian influenza A (H7N9) affected arrivals , if fever or respiratory symptoms should wear a mask and seek medical attention immediately , and to travel outside the medical report record . Health care professionals should pay special attention may have been in contact in the affected areas , birds or poultry manure by patients .

He also urged travelers visiting affected areas should live bird markets , avoid direct contact with poultry , birds or their droppings . Once exposed , should thoroughly clean your hands with soap and water .

They should continue to be vigilant and to take the following measures to prevent avian influenza :

* Poultry and eggs should be thoroughly cooked before eating ;
* Wash your hands frequently with soap , especially before touching the mouth , nose or eyes, before handling or eating food , after using the toilet , after touching escalator handrails, elevator buttons or door handles and other public facilities or objects, and coughing or sneezing make hand stained with respiratory secretions ;
* Cover nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing , hold the spit with tissue packets properly , covered and placed in the trash ;
* Avoid visiting crowded places, avoid contact with fever patients ; and
* Where respiratory symptoms , or those who take care of patients with fever , should wear a mask .

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