Although reports of this case came out late last week from the Jiangxi Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission (computer translated), The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) reported the case today on their website.
According to the Health and Family Planning Commission of Jiangxi Province, the patient is a 46-year-old man who is under treatment. This is the 12th case confirmed from Jiangxi since 2013.
From 2013 to date, 666 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported by the Mainland health authorities. In addition, 20 cases imported from China have been reported in Canada (2), Hong Kong (13), Malaysia (1) and Taiwan (4).
CHP officials give the public the following recommendations concerning prevention of avian influenza:
Do not visit live poultry markets and farms. Avoid contact with poultry, birds and their droppings;
* If contact has been made, thoroughly wash hands with soap;
* Avoid entering areas where poultry may be slaughtered and contact with surfaces which might be contaminated by droppings of poultry or other animals;
* 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); and 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.