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DH closely monitors confirmed human cases of H7N9 in the Mainland

     In view of the confirmed human cases of H7N9 in the Mainland, a spokesman for the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) said today (April 1) that the CHP will enhance surveillance for suspected H7 cases in Hong Kong.

     Influenza A (H7) is a statutorily notifiable infectious disease in Hong Kong. The CHP will send letters to doctors to inform them of the latest situation as well as to remind them to report any suspected cases.

     "We will heighten our vigilance and continue to maintain stringent port health measures in connection with this development," the spokesman said.

     "The CHP is maintaining close liaison with the Mainland health authorities and will closely monitor the advice from the World Health Organization,¡¨the spokesman added.

     The spokesman reminded members of the public to remain vigilant against avian influenza infection and to observe the following measures:

* Avoid direct contact with poultry and birds or their droppings; if contacts have been made, they should wash hands thoroughly with soap and water;
* Poultry and eggs should be thoroughly cooked before eating;
* Wash hands frequently;
* Cover nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing, hold the spit with tissue and put it into covered dustbins;
* Avoid crowded places and contact with sick people with fever;
* Wear a mask when you have respiratory symptoms or need to take care of patients with fever; and
* When you have fever and influenza-like illnesses during a trip or when coming back to Hong Kong, you should consult doctors promptly and reveal your travel history.

     For further information on avian influenza, please visit the CHP's website (

Ends/Monday, April 1, 2013
Issued at HKT 13:41


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