The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (February 28) received notification from the Ministry of Health concerning a confirmed human case of avian influenza H5N1 in Fujian.
A CHP spokesman said the patient was a 44-year-old female farmer who developed fever and cough on February 18 this year. She is under treatment in a hospital. Laboratory tests on the patient’s specimen by China Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention yielded positive to H5N1.
The CHP is maintaining close liaison with the Ministry of Health to obtain more information on the case.
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;
* 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 website: http://www.chp.gov.hk.
Ends/Wednesday, February 28, 2007