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A Highly Pathogenic #Avian #H7N9 #Influenza Virus Isolated from A #Human Is Lethal in Some #Ferrets Infected via #Respiratory #Droplets (Cell Host Microbe, abstract)

Title : A Highly Pathogenic #Avian #H7N9 #Influenza Virus Isolated from A #Human Is Lethal in Some #Ferrets Infected via #Respiratory #Drop...

23 Jan 2018

Highly pathogenic #avian #influenza #H5N8, #SouthAfrica [infected #wildbirds] (#OIE, Jan. 23 ‘18)


Title: Highly pathogenic #avian #influenza #H5N8, #SouthAfrica [infected #wildbirds].

Subject: Avian Influenza, H5N8 subtype, wild birds epizootics in South Africa.

Source: OIE, full page: (LINK).

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Highly pathogenic influenza A viruses (infection with) (non-poultry including wild birds) H5N8, South Africa

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Information received on 23/01/2018 from Dr Bothle Michael Modisane, Chief Director , Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Animal Production and Health, PRETORIA, South Africa

  • Summary
    • Report type    Follow-up report No. 15
    • Date of start of the event    30/06/2017
    • Date of confirmation of the event    30/06/2017
    • Report date    22/01/2018
    • Date submitted to OIE    23/01/2018
    • Reason for notification    New strain of a listed disease in the country
    • Causal agent    Highly pathogenic influenza A virus
    • Serotype    H5N8
    • Nature of diagnosis    Clinical, Laboratory (advanced)
    • This event pertains to    a defined zone within the country
  • Summary of outbreaks   
    • Total outbreaks: 4
      • Total animals affected: Species    - Susceptible    - Cases    - Deaths    - Killed and disposed of – Slaughtered
        • Swift tern:Thalasseus bergii(Laridae)  - … – 4    - 4    - 0    - 0
      • Outbreak statistics: Species    - Apparent morbidity rate    - Apparent mortality rate    - Apparent case fatality rate    - Proportion susceptible animals lost*
        • Swift tern:Thalasseus bergii(Laridae)    - **    - **    - 100.00%    - **
          • *Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
          • **Not calculated because of missing information
  • Epidemiology
    • Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection   
      • Unknown or inconclusive


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Keywords: OIE; Updates; Avian Influenza; H5N8 ; Wild Birds; South Africa.

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#Equine #influenza #H3N8, #Chile [unexpected increase in number of horses affected] (#OIE, Jan. 23 ‘18)


Title: #Equine #influenza #H3N8, #Chile [unexpected increase in number of horses affected].

Subject: Equine Influenza, H3N8 subtype, horses’ epizootics in Chile.

Source: OIE, full page: (LINK).

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Equine influenza H3N8, Chile

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Information received on 23/01/2018 from Dr Jose Ignacio Gómez Meza, Jefe de la División de Protección Pecuaria, Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero (SAG), Ministerio de Agricultura, Santiago, Chile

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  • Summary
    • Report type    Immediate notification
    • Date of start of the event    08/01/2018
    • Date of confirmation of the event    19/01/2018
    • Report date    23/01/2018
    • Date submitted to OIE    23/01/2018
    • Reason for notification    Unexpected change in the distribution or increase in morbidity or mortality of a listed disease
    • Summary description    Unexpected increase in the number of horses affected by equine influenza. Affected susceptible animals are not vaccinated.
    • Causal agent    Equine influenza virus
    • Serotype    H3N8
  • Epidemiology
    • Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection   
      • Unknown or inconclusive
  • Epidemiological comments   
    • To this day, there is a confirmation for only one region of the country but there are multiple suspicions in other regions, which will be communicated in next follow-up reports once confirmed.
  • Increased Distribution
    • Areas and species recently affected by the disease    - Totals    - Species
      • METRO. DE SANTIAGO  - …  - Equidae
    • Disease Impact:    Increased    - Totals    - Species    - Change
      • Morbidity    -  METRO. DE SANTIAGO    - Equidae    - 1.0=>4.0
  • Control measures
    • Measures applied   
      • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
      • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
      • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
      • No treatment of affected animals
    • Measures to be applied   
      • No other measures
  • Diagnostic test results
    • Laboratory name and type    - Lo Aguirre ( National laboratory )
      • Tests and results:    Species    - Test    - Test date    - Result
        • Equidae    - real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR)    - 19/01/2018    - Positive
  • Future Reporting
    • The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.


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Keywords: OIE; Updates; Equine Influenza; H3N8 ; Horses; Chile.

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Highly pathogenic #avian #influenza #H5N6, #UK [infected #wildbirds] (#OIE, Jan. 23 ‘18)


Title: Highly pathogenic #avian #influenza #H5N6, #UK [infected #wildbirds].

Subject: Avian Influenza, H5N6 subtype, wild birds epizootics in the UK.

Source: OIE, full page: (LINK).

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Highly pathogenic influenza A viruses (infection with) (non-poultry including wild birds) H5N6, United Kingdom

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Information received on 23/01/2018 from Dr Nigel Gibbens, Chief Veterinary Officer, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, LONDON, United Kingdom

  • Summary
    • Report type    Follow-up report No. 3
    • Date of start of the event    09/01/2018
    • Date of confirmation of the event    09/01/2018
    • Report date    22/01/2018
    • Date submitted to OIE    23/01/2018
    • Reason for notification    New strain of a listed disease in the country
    • Causal agent    Highly pathogenic influenza A virus
    • Serotype    H5N6
    • Nature of diagnosis    Clinical, Necropsy
    • This event pertains to    a defined zone within the country
  • Summary of outbreaks   
    • Total outbreaks: 1
      • Total animals affected: Species    - Susceptible    - Cases    - Deaths    - Killed and disposed of – Slaughtered
        • Mallard:Anas platyrhynchos(Anatidae)  - … – 2    - 2    - 0    - 0
        • Greylag Goose:Anser anser(Anatidae)  - … – 7    - 7    - 0    - 0
        • Mew Gull:Larus canus(Laridae) – … – 1    - 1    - 0    - 0
        • Tufted Duck:Aythya fuligula(Anatidae)  - … – 5    - 5    - 0    - 0
        • Laridae (unidentified):Laridae (incognita)(Laridae)   - … – 3    - 3    - 0    - 0
        • Mallard (domestic):Anas platyrhynchos domesticus(Anatidae)  - … – 1    - 1    - 0    - 0
    • Outbreak statistics: Species    - Apparent morbidity rate    - Apparent mortality rate    - Apparent case fatality rate    - Proportion susceptible animals lost*
      • Mallard:Anas platyrhynchos(Anatidae)    - **    - **    - 100.00%    - **
      • Greylag Goose:Anser anser(Anatidae)    - **    - **    - 100.00%    - **
      • Mew Gull:Larus canus(Laridae)    - **    - **    - 100.00%    - **
      • Tufted Duck:Aythya fuligula(Anatidae)    - **    - **    - 100.00%    - **
      • Laridae (unidentified):Laridae (incognita)(Laridae)    - **    - **    - 100.00%    - **
      • Mallard (domestic):Anas platyrhynchos domesticus(Anatidae)    - **    - **    - 100.00%    - **
        • *Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
        • **Not calculated because of missing information
  • Epidemiology
    • Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection   
      • Contact with wild species
  • Epidemiological comments   
    • The virus is a reassortant between H5N8 HPAI circulating in Europe and a European N6.
    • The third site (Hertfordshire) relates to a large wild bird die-off in a nature reserve.

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Keywords: OIE; Updates; Avian Influenza; H5N6 ; Wild Birds; UK; England.

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Highly pathogenic #avian #influenza #H5N8, #SouthAfrica [two #poultry #outbreaks] (#OIE, Jan. 23 ‘18)


Title: Highly pathogenic #avian #influenza #H5N8, #SouthAfrica [two #poultry #outbreaks].

Subject: Avian Influenza, H5N8 subtype, poultry epizootics in South Africa.

Source: OIE, full page: (LINK).

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Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8, South Africa

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Information received on 23/01/2018 from Dr Bothle Michael Modisane, Chief Director , Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Animal Production and Health, PRETORIA, South Africa

  • Summary
    • Report type    Follow-up report No. 23
    • Date of start of the event    19/06/2017
    • Date of confirmation of the event    22/06/2017
    • Report date    22/01/2018
    • Date submitted to OIE    23/01/2018
    • Reason for notification    New strain of a listed disease in the country
    • Causal agent    Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
    • Serotype    H5N8
    • Nature of diagnosis    Clinical, Laboratory (advanced)
    • This event pertains to    a defined zone within the country
  • Summary of outbreaks   
    • Total outbreaks: 2
      • Total animals affected: Species    - Susceptible    - Cases    - Deaths    - Killed and disposed of – Slaughtered
        • Birds    - 2211    - 6    - 0    - 0    - 0
      • Outbreak statistics: Species    - Apparent morbidity rate    - Apparent mortality rate    - Apparent case fatality rate    - Proportion susceptible animals lost*
        • Birds    - 0.27%    - 0.00%    - 0.00%    - 0.00%
          • *Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
  • Epidemiology
    • Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection   
      • Unknown or inconclusive
  • Epidemiological comments   
    • Coordinates modified to protect confidentiality as required by South African Legislation.

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Keywords: OIE; Updates; Avian Influenza; H5N8 ; Poultry; South Africa.

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Highly pathogenic #avian #influenza #H5, #Afghanistan [two #poultry #outbreaks] (#OIE, Jan. 23 ‘18)


Title: Highly pathogenic #avian #influenza #H5, #Afghanistan [two #poultry #outbreaks]0

Subject: Avian Influenza, H5Nx subtype, poultry epizootics in Afghanistan.

Source: OIE, full page: (LINK).

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Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5, Afghanistan

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Information received on 23/01/2018 from Dr Jahangir Miakhail, Acting Director General, General Directorate of Animal Health and Production, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Kabul, Afghanistan

  • Summary
    • Report type    Immediate notification
    • Date of start of the event    14/01/2018
    • Date of confirmation of the event    22/01/2018
    • Report date    23/01/2018
    • Date submitted to OIE    23/01/2018
    • Reason for notification    Recurrence of a listed disease
    • Date of previous occurrence    30/04/2017
    • Manifestation of disease    Clinical disease
    • Causal agent    Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
    • Serotype    H5
    • Nature of diagnosis    Clinical, Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced), Necropsy
    • This event pertains to    a defined zone within the country
  • New outbreaks (2)
    • Outbreak 1    - Kabul, Qale juma khan, 7, KABUL
      • Date of start of the outbreak    14/01/2018
      • Outbreak status    Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
      • Epidemiological unit    Backyard
      • Affected animals: Species    - Susceptible    - Cases    - Deaths    - Killed and disposed of – Slaughtered
        • Birds    - 12    - 6    - 6    - 6    - 0
    • Outbreak 2    - Bagrami, Welayati, 8, KABUL
      • Date of start of the outbreak    18/01/2018
      • Outbreak status    Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
      • Epidemiological unit    Village
      • Affected animals: Species    - Susceptible    - Cases    - Deaths    - Killed and disposed of  - Slaughtered
        • Birds    - 17    - 15    - 15    - 2    - 0
  • Summary of outbreaks   
    • Total outbreaks: 2
      • Total animals affected: Species    - Susceptible    - Cases    - Deaths    - Killed and disposed of – Slaughtered
        • Birds    - 29    - 21    - 21    - 8    - 0
      • Outbreak statistics: Species    - Apparent morbidity rate    - Apparent mortality rate    - Apparent case fatality rate    - Proportion susceptible animals lost*
        • Birds    - 72.41%    - 72.41%    - 100.00%    - 100.00%
          • *Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
  • Epidemiology
    • Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection   
      • Contact with infected animal(s) at grazing/watering
      • Airborne spread
  • Control measures
    • Measures applied   
      • Movement control inside the country
      • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
      • Quarantine
      • Official destruction of animal products
      • Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
      • Selective killing and disposal
      • Disinfection
      • Ante and post-mortem inspections
      • Vaccination prohibited
      • No treatment of affected animals
    • Measures to be applied   
      • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
      • Control of wildlife reservoirs
      • Zoning
  • Diagnostic test results
    • Laboratory name and type    - Species    - Test    - Test date    - Result
      • Central Veterinary Diagnostic and Research Laboratory (National laboratory)    - Birds    - real-time PCR    - 22/01/2018    - Positive
  • Future Reporting
    • The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.

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Keywords: OIE; Updates; Avian Influenza; H5Nx ; Poultry; Afghanistan.

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#Influenza [#H1N1pdm09, B, #H3N2] #Update No. 307, based on data up to 07 January 2018 (@WHO, summary)


Title: #Influenza [#H1N1pdm09, B, #H3N2] #Update No. 307, based on data up to 07 January 2018.

Subject: Human Influenza Viruses, A (H1, H3) & B subtypes, current global epidemiological situation.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO), full page: (LINK). Summary, edited.

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Influenza Update No. 307, based on data up to 07 January 2018

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|-- Open map in new window jpg, 462kb –|


Summary

    • Influenza activity continued to increase in the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere while in the temperate zone of the southern hemisphere activity was at inter-seasonal levels.
    • Worldwide, influenza A accounted still for the majority of influenza detections (62%) but influenza B (mostly from the Yamagata lineage) has increased proportionally.
    • Up to now, the majority of countries which started the season, reported influenza like illness reaching moderate levels in comparison with previous years, with few reaching already high levels.
    • Some countries have reported levels of hospitalization and ICU admissions at levels reaching or exceeding peak levels of previous influenza seasons.
    • WHO recommends countries with current influenza activity or entering their season to adopt necessary measures for ensuring appropriate case management, compliance with infection control measures and seasonal influenza vaccination for high risk groups (see also the fact sheet given below).
    • Influenza (Seasonal) fact sheet
  • In North America, overall influenza activity remained high, with detections of predominantly influenza A(H3N2) viruses.
  • In Europe, influenza activity increased above baseline levels in most countries in Northern, Western and Southwestern Europe with sharp increases in some countries.
    • Activity remained low in countries in Eastern Europe.
    • Influenza B remained the virus most frequently detected and the subtype of the influenza A viruses detected varied depending on the country and the surveillance system (outpatient or inpatient systems).
  • In Western Asia, increasing influenza activity was reported in some countries, with influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 and B viruses present in the region.
  • In Central Asia, influenza activity remained low.
  • In East Asia, high levels of illness indicators and influenza activity were reported in most of the countries. Influenza B-Yamagata lineage virus was predominantly detected followed by influenza A(H3N2) viruses.
  • In South East Asia, low levels of influenza activity were reported.
  • In Southern Asia, increased influenza activity continued to increase in Iran, with detection of all seasonal subtypes.
  • In Northern Africa, detections of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus sharply increased in Algeria and Tunisia. Detections of influenza B virus remained high in Egypt (together with influenza A(H1N1)pdm09) and Morocco.
  • In Western Africa, influenza activity continued to decrease across the region. In Middle Africa, there were no updates available for this reporting period. In Eastern Africa, influenza activity remained low across the region.
  • In the Caribbean and Central American countries, respiratory illness indicators and influenza activity remained low in general.
  • In the tropical countries of South America, low to no influenza activity was reported.
  • In the temperate zone of the Southern Hemisphere, influenza activity remained overall at inter-seasonal levels.

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National Influenza Centres (NICs) and other national influenza laboratories from 108 countries, areas or territories reported data to FluNet for the time period from 25 December 2017 to 07 January 2018 (data as of 2018-01-19 04:11:21 UTC).

The WHO GISRS laboratories tested more than 225174 specimens during that time period. 70504 were positive for influenza viruses, of which 43898 (62.3%) were typed as influenza A and 26606 (37.7%) as influenza B.

Of the sub-typed influenza A viruses, 6160 (41.1%) were influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 and 8825 (58.9%) were influenza A(H3N2).

Of the characterized B viruses, 6960 (89.2%) belonged to the B-Yamagata lineage and 845 (10.8%) to the B-Victoria lineage.

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Detailed influenza update: |—Download PDF pdf, 689kb –|

Seasonal update: |-- Seasonal influenza reviews –|

|—AMRO | EURO | WPRO –|

|-- Influenza at the Human-Animal Interface (HAI) --|

|-- Disease outbreak news –|

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Keywords: WHO; Updates; Worldwide; Seasonal Influenza.

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#Earthquake M 7.9–Gulf of #Alaska - 2018-01-23 09:31:39 UTC (EMSC, Jan. 23 ‘18, summary)


Title: #Earthquake M 7.9–Gulf of #Alaska - 2018-01-23 09:31:39 UTC.

Subject: Earthquakes, tsunami alert.

Source: European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), full page: (LINK). Summary, edited.

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Earthquake M 7.9 - GULF OF ALASKA - 2018-01-23 09:31:39 UTC

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Summary

  • Magnitude Mw 7.9
  • Region GULF OF ALASKA
  • Date time 2018-01-23 09:31:39.8 UTC
  • Location 56.09 N ; 149.01 W
  • Depth 2 km
  • Distances
    • 1895 km NW of Vancouver, Canada / pop: 1,838,000 / local time: 01:31:39.8 2018-01-23
    • 914 km W of Juneau, United States / pop: 31,300 / local time: 00:31:39.8 2018-01-23
    • 280 km SE of Kodiak, United States / pop: 6,200 / local time: 00:31:39.8 2018-01-23

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Global view

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Source parameters not yet reviewed by a seismologist

More information at:

Tsunami information at:


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Keywords: EMSC; Updates; USA; Alaska; Earthquakes; Tsunami.

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#HK, CHP urges public to be cautious in handling chilled #poultry to guard against [#H5] #avian #influenza (Jan. 23 ‘18)


Title: #HK, CHP urges public to be cautious in handling chilled #poultry to guard against #avian #influenza.

Subject: Avian Influenza, H5 subtypes, frozen meat tested positive for an H5 subtype birdflu virus.

Source: Centre for Health Protection, Hong Kong PRC SAR, full page: (LINK).

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CHP urges public to be cautious in handling chilled poultry to guard against avian influenza

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The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (January 23) urged the public to stay alert against avian influenza amid the recent detection of the H5 virus in an oropharyngeal swab sample from a batch of chilled chickens.

People who have recently handled chilled chickens imported from the Mainland processing plant Huidong County Baishisheng Agricultural Co Ltd (production date: January 15, 2018) and develop fever or respiratory symptoms within seven days are advised to seek medical advice immediately and inform their doctor of this exposure history.

According to an announcement by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today, samples were taken earlier from a batch of chilled chickens at a fresh provision shop in Mong Kok for testing of avian influenza. The H5 virus was detected from an oropharyngeal swab.

The CHP reminded the public to avoid handling the affected batch of chilled chickens. Those who are uncertain whether the chilled chicken belonged to the affected batch should refer to the external package for information about the processing plant and the production date or enquire with the retailer/shop.

Meanwhile, the CHP has initiated medical surveillance for the staff concerned and other known contacts, and will prescribe the antiviral Tamiflu prophylaxis to them if necessary. The CHP has also stepped up surveillance for possible human cases. Letters will be sent to doctors and hospitals today urging them to report any suspected cases.

To protect themselves from avian influenza, people handling chilled poultry or poultry carcasses are reminded to observe strict personal and hand hygiene. They should never touch the mouth, nose or eyes when handling any poultry, poultry products or eggs. Afterwards, they must wash their hands thoroughly with liquid soap and water.

If handling live poultry, poultry products or eggs, the public should maintain strict personal, hand, food and environmental hygiene and take heed of the advice below:

  • Avoid touching poultry, birds, animals or their droppings;
  • When buying live chickens, do not touch them and their droppings. Do not blow at their bottoms. Wash eggs with detergent if soiled with faecal matter and cook and consume the eggs immediately. Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling chickens and eggs;
  • Cook poultry meat, poultry products or eggs thoroughly before consumption as high temperatures can kill avian influenza viruses; and
  • Clean thoroughly all working surfaces, utensils and equipment that have been used for handling poultry products or eggs. Use separate knives and chopping boards to handle raw food and ready-to-eat food. Keep raw poultry meat in a well-covered container and store it in the lower compartment of a refrigerator while keeping ready-to-eat and cooked food in the upper compartment to avoid cross-contamination.

For more information, the public may visit the CHP's page on avian influenza.

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Keywords: HK PRC SAR; Updates; H5; Avian Influenza; Poultry; Food Safety.

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#Avian #Influenza [#H5N1, #H5N6, #H7N9] #Report–Jan. 14 – 20 ‘18 (Wk 3) (#HK CHP, January 23, 2018)


Title: #Avian #Influenza [#H5N1, #H5N6, #H7N9] #Report–Jan. 14 – 20 ‘18 (Wk 3).

Subject: Avian Influenza, H5 & H7 subtypes, global poultry panzootic and human cases in China and worldwide.

Source: Centre for Health Protection (CHP), Hong Kong PRC SAR, full PDF file: (LINK).

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Avian Influenza Report - Reporting period: January 14 – January 20, 2018 (Week 3) (Published on January 23, 2018)

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Avian Influenza Report is a weekly report produced by the Respiratory Disease Office, Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health. This report highlights global avian influenza activity in humans and birds.

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VOLUME 14, NUMBER 03

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Keywords: HK PRC SAR; Updates; Avian Influenza; H5N1; H5N6; H7N9; Human, China; Worldwide.

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#HK, #Avian #Influenza #H5 virus detected in chilled #chicken sample taken from fresh provision shop in Mong Kok (Jan. 23 ‘18)


Title: #HK, #Avian #Influenza #H5 virus detected in chilled #chicken sample taken from fresh provision shop in Mong Kok.

Subject: Avian Influenza, H5 subtypes, food samples tested positive for an H5 virus.

Source: Government of Hong Kong PRC SAR, full page: (LINK).

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H5 virus detected in chilled chicken sample taken from fresh provision shop in Mong Kok

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A spokesman for the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) said today (January 23) that the department earlier took oropharyngeal swabs from a batch of chilled chicken (production date January 15, 2018) at a fresh provision shop in Mong Kok to test for avian influenza (AI).

The Veterinary Laboratory of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department confirmed that H5 virus was detected in one sample.

The spokesman said:

"Upon learning the test results, the FEHD immediately stepped up its inspection of the premises concerned, and requested it to carry out thorough cleaning and disinfection, and provided health education to the staff.

‘’Investigations showed that only chilled poultry was sold by the premises and no sale of live poultry was found. The affected batch of chilled chickens had been sold out.

‘’Since AI virus on the carcass of chilled poultry will not multiply, the chance of contracting AI through properly treated chilled poultry meat is very slim.

"The FEHD has also verified the source of the affected products according to the information on the package and instructed the trade to suspend procurement or sale of chilled chickens from the Mainland processing plant concerned, Huidong County Baishisheng Agricultural Co Ltd. The department has invited the Mainland authorities concerned to assist in the investigation and will step up surveillance of poultry in light of the incident."

The spokesman advised the public to pay extra attention to personal hygiene when handling chilled poultry. They should never touch the mouth, nose, or eyes when handling any poultry, poultry products or eggs and should wash hands thoroughly with liquid soap and water afterwards. In addition, as high temperatures can kill AI virus, they should cook poultry meat thoroughly before consumption.

The Government will continue to stay vigilant and strictly carry out risk management measures. The FEHD will also mount joint operations with the Hong Kong Customs to step up enforcement against illegal import of chilled poultry meat, and maintain liaison with the Mainland authorities concerned and suitably adjust relevant measures with regard to the latest developments of AI so as to safeguard public health and environmental hygiene.

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Keywords: HK PRC SAR; Updates; H5; Avian Influenza; Poultry; Food Safety.

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