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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:49 am 
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Notification of a human case of H5N1 in Guizhou
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The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health received notification from the Ministry of Health (MoH) today (January 22) concerning a confirmed human case of influenza A (H5N1) in Guizhou.

A CHP spokesman said the patient was a 39-year-old man living in Guizhou. He developed symptoms on January 6 and was admitted to a hospital on the same day. He is now in critical condition. The man did not report obvious exposure history to poultry before the onset of symptoms.

Laboratory tests on the patient's specimen by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention yielded a positive result for H5N1.

The CHP is maintaining close liaison with the MoH to obtain more information on the case. We will heighten our vigilance and continue to maintain stringent port health measures in connection with this development, the spokesman said.

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: www.chp.gov.hk.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:53 am 
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...according to health authorities, the man who died in Guizhou had not reported any obvious exposure to poultry before the onset of symptoms...


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:56 am 
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A resident of the south-western Chinese province of Guizhou died of avian flu on Sunday, China’s Health Ministry reported.

The man, aged 39, felt unwell on January 6 and was taken to hospital in the provincial town of Guiyang on January 19 after his health condition deteriorated. Despite intensive therapy, the man died.

The man’s death is the second case of lethal outcome from the H5N1 virus in China since late December. The bird flu virus was confirmed by laboratory tests.

Medics have examined 71 local residents who contacted with the bird flu victim but have not found any symptoms of the virus.

Although there have been no incidences of human-to-human infection, experts fear that the bird flu virus may mutate into a form that could be easily transmitted from person to person, causing a global pandemic.

A total of 331 people across the world have died of the H5N1 virus since it was detected by scientists in 2003.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:59 am 
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Xinhua Beijing January 22 (Reporter Lvnuo) 22 reporter learned from the Ministry of Health, Guiyang Medical College Hospital, 19 patients admitted to one case of fever, 22 by the Guizhou Provincial Center for Disease Control, China CDC laboratory confirmed human infection of highly pathogenic avian influenza.

According to reports, the incidence of 6 patients, sicker, after 19 into the Guiyang Medical College Hospital intensive care unit for treatment. At 12:30 on the 22nd, the patient rapidly increased, blood pressure, sudden ventricular fibrillation, after she died. Up to now, has identified 71 close contacts were abnormal symptoms.

After the outbreak, Guizhou Province Health Department attaches great importance, in accordance with provincial government requirements, under the guidance of the Ministry of Health, and actively carry out epidemic prevention and control, to treat the patient, further on-site epidemiological investigation of close contacts for medical observation, to strengthen surveillance, good knowledge of human avian influenza prevention and control of public education work, to issue "Guizhou Provincial Health Department on the strengthening of human infection of highly pathogenic avian influenza prevention and control of emergency," which requires a really good job around the prevention of bird flu preparation.

Human infection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (the bird flu), mainly by the avian influenza H5N1 virus caused acute respiratory disease. Bird flu may be preventable, controllable, and curable. Currently, the world continued to human transmission cases have been found.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:01 am 
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China:Man in southwest China who contracted the bird flu virus died on Sunday, state media reported, the second human death in the Asian country from the virulent disease in just under a month.

The victim fell ill on January 6 and was subsequently admitted to hospital in Guiyang -- capital of Guizhou province -- where his condition rapidly deteriorated, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Tests confirmed he had contracted the H5N1 avian influenza virus, it added.
The Hong Kong Department of Health said in a statement Sunday it had been notified of the case by the mainland's health authorities, which said the 39-year-old patient had not had any obvious exposure to poultry.

He is the second man to die from bird flu in China in less than a month, after a bus driver in the southern province of Guangdong passed away from the disease on December 31.
The H5N1 virus is fatal in humans in about 60 percent of cases.

However, it does not pass easily among humans, and the World Health Organization says it has never identified a "sustained human-to-human spread" of the virus since it re-emerged in 2003.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:07 am 
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Notification of a human case of H5N1 in Guizhou
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The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health received notification from the Ministry of Health (MoH) today (January 22) concerning a confirmed human case of influenza A (H5N1) in Guizhou.

A CHP spokesman said the patient was a 39-year-old man living in Guizhou. He developed symptoms on January 6 and was admitted to a hospital on the same day. He is now in critical condition. The man did not report obvious exposure history to poultry before the onset of symptoms.

http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/2012 ... 220323.htm

Absence of poultry contact signals wild birds again,

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:13 am 
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Man dies of bird flu in southwest China: Xinhua
Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:42am EST

BEIJING (Reuters) - A man in southwest China died of bird flu on Sunday after three days of intensive care treatment in hospital, the official Xinhua news agency quoted the Ministry of Health as saying.

The 39-year old -- who died in hospital in Guiyan, capital of Guizhou province -- began suffering from fever on January 6.

Xinhua said China's centers for disease control and prevention at provincial and national levels confirmed the man had died after being infected with the H5N1 bird flu strain.

The man had had close contact with 71 individuals, but none had shown unusual symptoms, the health ministry told Xinhua. The report did not mention whether the man had been in recent contact with birds.

The virus is normally found in birds, but can jump to people who have no immunity to it. Researchers worry it could mutate into a form that would spread around the world and kill millions.

The virus has become active in various parts of the world, mainly in east Asia during the cooler months.

Authorities in China are worried about the spread of infectious diseases around this time when millions of Chinese travel in crowded buses and trains across the country to go home to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

The current strain of H5N1 is highly pathogenic, kills most species of birds and up to 60 percent of the people it infects.

Since 2003, it has infected 573 people around the world, killing 336.

The virus also kills migratory birds but species that survive can disperse it to new, uninfected locations. It transmits less easily between people, but there have been clusters of infections in people in Indonesia and Thailand in the past.

The latest death follows that of a 39-year-old bus driver from Shenzhen in southern Guangdong province on December 31.

(Reporting by Nick Edwards; Editing by Ron Popeski)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/ ... B020120122

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:16 am 
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China has suffered its second bird flu death in a month, the health ministry said.

The ministry said a patient died in Guizhou province in the south-west after being taken to hospital on January 6. Hong Kong radio RTHK, citing local authorities, said the patient was a 39-year-old man who said he had no contact with poultry.

A bus driver in the city of Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, died December 31 of bird flu in China's first fatal case in 18 months.

Last week, Vietnam reported its first bird flu fatality in nearly two years. In Cambodia, a two-year-old boy died last week.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 2:49 pm 
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China on Sunday reported its second bird flu fatality in a month following deaths last week in Vietnam and Cambodia.

The patient died Sunday in Guizhou province in the southwest after being hospitalized on Jan. 6, the health ministry said in a brief statement. It said the flu was highly pathogenic but gave no indication whether it was confirmed to be the H5N1 strain.

Mainland officials told Hong Kong authorities the patient was a 39-year-old man who reported having no contact with poultry, government-run Hong Kong broadcaster RTHK said. It gave no other details of his identity.

The health ministry statement said 71 people who had contact with the patient showed no unusual symptoms.

China suffered its first bird flu fatality in 18 months when a bus driver in Shenzhen, a city that borders Hong Kong, died Dec. 31.

Last week, Vietnam reported its first bird flu fatality in nearly two years — an 18-year-old man who worked on a duck farm.

In Cambodia, a 2-year-old boy died last week after reportedly having contact with sick poultry in his village, according to the World Health Organization.

Indonesia also has reported one bird flu death this year.

WHO says that as of Friday, there have been 343 human deaths from 582 confirmed bird flu cases worldwide since 2003. Some 27 of those deaths were in China and 60 in Vietnam.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/stor ... 52740926/1

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