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    Posted: February 20 2017 at 1:09pm

CHP closely monitors three human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Mainland


      The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (February 20) closely monitoring three additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9), including one death, in Guizhou, Guangxi and Shandong, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

      According to the Health and Family Planning Commission (HFPC) of Guizhou Province, a patient aged 45 in Qiandongnan is under management. The Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region HFPC reported that a female patient aged 41 in Nanning has died, and she had been involved in selling live poultry in market before onset. In addition, the HFPC of Shandong Province reported on a female patient aged 48 in Qingdao.

      "We noted the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention reporting differences in H7N9 viruses isolated from human cases. While we will closely monitor the virus activity, genetic analysis reveals that H7N9 viruses from human cases in Hong Kong have had no significant changes so far, nor has there been evidence of resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu). We will continue to liaise and share gene sequences with other health authorities by established arrangements," a spokesman for the CHP said.

      There is a likely risk that environments with live poultry in the Mainland might be contaminated with avian influenza viruses. Travellers to the Mainland or other affected areas must avoid visiting wet markets, poultry markets or farms. They should be alert to the presence of backyard poultry when visiting relatives and friends. They should also avoid purchase of live or freshly slaughtered poultry, and avoid touching poultry/birds or their droppings. They should strictly observe personal and hand hygiene when visiting any place with live poultry.
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