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Hong Kong Situation Report on Swine Influenza
Date:4/27/2009

WASHINGTON, April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A spokesman for the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Hong Kong Department of Health today said leaflets with health messages had been distributed at the airport to passengers arriving from places where human cases of swine influenza were reported.

The spokesman said surveillance and preventive measures being put in place at all control points would be under constant review and amended if necessary to keep abreast of the latest developments in the outbreaks of swine influenza A (H1N1) overseas.

The spokesman said no human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) infections had been reported in Hong Kong since 2001.

Since Hong Kong stepped up surveillance of swine influenza on April 25, three patients fulfilling reporting criteria were reported to the CHP, the spokesman said.

Two of the patients, a 77-year-old woman and her four-year-old granddaughter, tested negative for influenza A at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital. The woman traveled to the United States and Mexico from April 3 to 19. She developed influenza-like symptoms on April 23 and had fever on April 26. Her granddaughter developed respiratory symptoms on April 24. They sought treatment at Eastern hospital. Both of them are in stable condition.

The third patient was a 27-year-old woman who developed symptoms of respiratory infection and fever on April 23 while she was in San Francisco.

The woman returned to Hong Kong on April 24 and was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital. She is in stable condition. Laboratory analysis on a respiratory tract specimen taken from her yielded positive results for human influenza A H3 subtype, which is not swine influenza.

The spokesman said travelers in the affected places should pay attention to announcements made by the local government and follow health guidelines issued.

A daily update on swine influenza in humans is available on the Centre for Health Protection's Web site at www.chp.gov.hk.

For more information on the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, please visit http://www.hketousa.gov.hk.


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