The Macao SAR Government Health Bureau held a press conference today announcing that a 58-year-old Guangdong male tested positive for H7N9 avian influenza virus, of which is the first case confirmed in Macao, according to a Chinese media report (computer translated).


According to the press briefing, the HAD was found to contain H7 subtype avian influenza virus in a batch of poultry samples left for inspection in Macao. To ensure public health, the SAR Government immediately launched a contingency plan for avian influenza. It immediately shut down its wholesale poultry market and completely destroyed more than 10,000 live birds. It also carried out a thorough review of the wholesale market and the three bird markets in various markets throughout Australia.

The Department of Health has conducted an epidemiological survey to identify two persons as contact persons. They are a local male wholesale stall owner and a Mainland male cargo driver.

Health Secretary Lee Chin-run, said the male infected with avian influenza went home after work and had contact with his wife. Patients in the afternoon by the fire department ambulance to the Peak Hospital. Health Bureau also designated the patient’s wife close contact, responsible for transporting the patient’s firefighters also need to receive medical observation.

Health Bureau said that the current health of patients with stable, and his wife are receiving isolation treatment. As for the male drivers, the drivers have been returned to the Mainland and the authorities have informed the Mainland of the follow-up action.