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CHP notified by NHFPC of human case of avian influenza A(H9N2) in Hunan

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) was notified by the National Health and Family Planning Commission today (January 2) of a human case of avian influenza A(H9N2) affecting a boy aged 7 in Hunan.

     The patient, with poultry contact history, lived in Yongzhou, Hunan. He presented with fever and runny nose since November 19, 2013. He sought medical consultation from a hospital in Yongzhou the next day and recovered after treatment. This case was confirmed yesterday (January 1).

     The CHP will liaise with the Mainland health authorities for more case details.

     "We will remain vigilant and maintain liaison with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Mainland and overseas health authorities. Local surveillance activities will be modified according to the WHO's recommendations," the spokesman said.
     "Travellers with fever or respiratory symptoms should immediately wear masks, seek medical attention and reveal their travel history to doctors," the spokesman advised.

     Members of the public should remain vigilant and take heed of the preventive advice against avian influenza below:

* Do not visit live poultry markets. Avoid contact with poultry, birds and their droppings. If contact has been made, thoroughly wash hands with soap;
* Poultry and eggs should be thoroughly cooked before eating;
* Wash hands frequently with soap, especially before touching the mouth, nose or eyes, handling food or eating; after going to the toilet or touching public installations or equipment (including escalator handrails, elevator control panels and door knobs); or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing;
* Cover the nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing, hold the spit with a tissue and put it into a covered dustbin;
* Avoid crowded places and contact with fever patients; and
* Wear masks when respiratory symptoms develop or when taking care of fever patients.

     The public may visit the CHP's avian influenza page ( and website ( for more information on avian influenza-affected areas and provinces.

Ends/Thursday, January 2, 2014
Issued at HKT 21:11


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