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Latest update of surveillance data in winter influenza season

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (February 16) reported the latest surveillance data of the winter influenza season, and again urged the public to heighten vigilance and get vaccinated early against seasonal influenza.

     Regarding severe cases, from noon yesterday (February 15) to noon today, nine additional cases of influenza-associated admission to intensive care units or death (including five deaths) among adults aged 18 or above have been recorded under the enhanced surveillance in collaboration with public and private hospitals reactivated since January 2 and an additional death was recorded among previously reported cases, bringing the total to 300 (210 deaths) so far. Among them, 288 were A(H3N2), six were A pending subtype and another six were B. In the last winter season in early 2014, 266 (133 deaths) were filed.

     Meanwhile, no additional cases of severe paediatric influenza-associated complication or death among children aged under 18 have been reported since yesterday via the ongoing reporting system and the total this year hence remains at 14 (no deaths). Among them, 13 were A(H3N2) and one was A pending subtype. In 2014, 27 (four deaths) were filed.

     The public should maintain good personal and environmental hygiene against influenza and other respiratory illnesses:

* Receive seasonal influenza vaccination for personal protection;
* Wash hands with liquid soap and water properly whenever possibly contaminated;
* When hands are not visibly soiled, clean them with 70 to 80 per cent alcohol-based handrub;
* Wash or clean hands frequently, especially before touching the mouth, nose or eyes, or after touching public installations such as handrails or door knobs;
* Cover the nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, and wash hands thoroughly afterwards;
* Dispose of soiled tissue paper properly in a lidded rubbish bin;
* Put on a surgical mask when respiratory symptoms develop;
* Maintain good indoor ventilation;
* When influenza is prevalent, avoid going to crowded or poorly ventilated public places; high-risk individuals may consider putting on surgical masks when staying in such places; and
* Maintain a balanced diet, exercise regularly, take adequate rest, do not smoke and avoid overstress.

     The public may visit the CHP's pages below for more information:

* The influenza page (;
* The weekly Flu Express report (;
* The update on severe seasonal influenza cases (;
* The vaccination schemes page (;
* The list of participating doctors (;
* The Facebook Page (; and
* The YouTube Channel (

Ends/Monday, February 16, 2015
Issued at HKT 17:59


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