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Travel Health News Digest (9 April 2013 - 15 April 2013 )

Mainland: Avian Influenza, human

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) verified with the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) on April 14 two human cases of Influenza A (H7N9) in Henan, four in Zhejiang, three in Shanghai and two in Jiangsu. The two cases in Henan involve two men aged 34 and 65. They are receiving treatment in hospital. The 19 close contacts of the duo are asymptomatic so far. The four cases in Zhejiang involve two women aged 64 and 62 and two men aged 75 and 79. All of them are receiving treatment in hospital. The three cases in Shanghai involve three men aged 73, 54 and 78 respectively. They are receiving treatment in hospital. The 25 close contacts of the trio are asymptomatic so far. The two cases in Jiangsu involve two men aged 50 and 26 who are receiving treatment in hospital. The 29 close contacts of the duo are asymptomatic so far. Specimens of the 11 cases tested positive for H7N9 upon laboratory testing by the Mainland health authorities.

(Source: The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health 14 April 2013)

 

Mainland: Avian Influenza, human

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) verified with the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) on April 13 one human case of Influenza A (H7N9) in Beijing, two in Jiangsu, one in Shanghai and two in Zhejiang. Among the cases, the one in Beijing involves a seven-year-old girl who is currently receiving treatment in hospital and is in stable condition. The patient's two close contacts are asymptomatic so far. The two cases in Jiangsu involve a 72-year-old man and a 77-year-old woman. They are receiving treatment in hospital and currently in critical condition. The 16 close contacts of the duo are asymptomatic so far. The one in Shanghai involves a 56-year-old man whose wife is an earlier confirmed case. The two cases in Zhejiang involve two men aged 38 and 65. Both are in critical condition. Specimens of the six cases tested positive for H7N9 upon laboratory testing by the Mainland health authority.

(Source: The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health 13 April 2013)

 

Mainland: Avian Influenza, human

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) verified with the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) on April 12 two human cases of Influenza A (H7N9) in Shanghai and three cases in Zhejiang. The two cases in Shanghai involve two men aged 53 and 86. The 16 close contacts of the duo are asymptomatic so far. The three cases in Zhejiang involve a 66-year-old man, a 74-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman. Specimens of the five cases were tested positive for H7N9 upon laboratory testing by the Mainland health authority.

(Source: The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health 12 April 2013)

 

Mainland: Avian Influenza, human

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) verified with the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) three human cases of Influenza A (H7N9) in Shanghai and two cases in Jiangsu. Among the cases, a 74-year-old male patient in Shanghai passed away today. A 68-year-old man and another 83-year-old woman are receiving treatment in hospital and currently in stable condition. All of their specimens tested positive for H7N9 upon laboratory testing by the Mainland health authority. The 70 close contacts of the trio are asymptomatic so far. The two cases in Jiangsu involve two men aged 31 and 56 who are receiving treatment in hospital and currently in critical condition. The 52 close contacts of the duo are asymptomatic so far.

(Source: The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health 11 April 2013)

 

Dominican Republic: Cholera

According to the Dominican Ministry of Health, an outbreak of cholera has been ongoing in the Dominican Republic since November 2010.

(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention U.S.A. 10 April 2013)

 

Mainland: Avian Influenza, human

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) verified with the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) on 10 April one human case of Influenza A (H7N9) in Zhejiang and two cases in Jiangsu. According to the Department of Health of Zhejiang Province, the case involves a 65-year-old man who is currently receiving treatment in hospital and is in a stable condition. The patient's specimen yielded positive for H7N9 upon laboratory testing by the Mainland health authority. In addition, the Jiangsu Health Department revealed that two male patients aged 70 and 74 are currently in a critical and serious condition respectively. The 31 close contacts of the duo are asymptomatic so far.

Moreover, CHP also received notification from the NHFPC on the same day concerning two human cases of Influenza A (H7N9) in Shanghai, involving two women aged 76 and 81 who are receiving treatment in hospital and currently in stable condition. Both of their specimens tested positive for H7N9 upon laboratory testing by the Mainland health authority. The nine close contacts of the duo are asymptomatic so far.

(Source: The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health 10 April 2013)

 

Panama: Hantavirus Infection

A 47 year old woman died presumed to be due to a case of Hantavirus infection in Panama.

(Source: ProMED-mail 10 April 2013)

 

Mainland: Avian Influenza, human

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) verified with the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) four confirmed human cases of Influenza A (H7N9) in Shanghai and Zhejiang. Two cases in Shanghai involved two men aged 62 and 77 respectively, both of whom were in stable condition. As regards the two cases in Zhejiang, the 51-year-old female patient was in stable condition while the 79-year-old male patient was in critical condition. Laboratory tests on the patients' specimens by the Mainland health authorities yielded positive results for H7N9.

(Source: The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Department of Health 9 April 2013)

 

USA: West Nile Virus infection

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) of USA reported the first human case of West Nile Virus infection for 2013. The reported case was in Madison County.

(Source: ProMED-mail 9 April 2013)

 

South Africa: Avian Influenza, poultry

A H7N1 avian influenza virus infection was detected on an ostrich farm near Oudtshoorn, South Africa on 9 April.

(Source: ProMED-mail 9 April 2013)

 

Vietnam: Avian Influenza, human

A fatal human case of H5N1 avian influenza infection was reported in southern province of Dong Thap, Vietnam. The case was a 4-year-old child who subsequently died of the infection.

(Source: ProMED-mail 9 April 2013)

 

Mainland: Avian Influenza, human

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) tonight (April 8) verified with the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) three confirmed human cases of Influenza A (H7N9) in Shanghai and Jiangsu. The case in Shanghai involved a 64-year-old man, who has passed away. And the two cases in Jiangsu involved an 85-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman, both of whom were in critical condition. Laboratory tests on the patients' specimens by the Mainland health authorities yielded positive results for H7N9. According to the Shanghai Municipal Public Health Bureau and the Jiangsu Province Department of Health, the 66 close contacts of the three patients are asymptomatic so far.

(Source: The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health 8 April 2013)

 

Bangladesh: Avian Influenza, human

A 2-year-old baby from eastern Bangladesh has died of H5N1 Avian Influenza virus, the 1st bird flu death in the country.

(Source: ProMED-mail 8 April 2013)

 

Peru: Leptospirosis

An outbreak of leptospirosis has been detected in the city of Juanjui, capital of the Mariscal Caceres Province, in the San Martin Region of Peru.

(Source: ProMED-mail 7 April 2013)

 

 

Last revision date: 14 April 2013