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Published On: Thu, Jan 2nd, 2014

China reports human H9N2 avian influenza case in Hunan boy

For the second time in less than a week, there is a report of a human case of H9N2 avian influenza. The China National Health and Family Planning Commission reported today a human case of avian influenza A(H9N2) affecting a boy aged 7 in Hunan, according to Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) press release.

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According to the information available, The child with a history of contact with poultry,  lived in Yongzhou, Hunan. He presented with fever and runny nose since November 19, 2013. He sought medical consultation from a hospital in Yongzhou the next day and recovered after treatment. This case was confirmed yesterday (January 1).

This is the second confirmed human case  of avian influenza A(H9N2) reported this week. On Monday,  Hong Kong health officials reported a human case of avian influenza A (H9N2) in a 86-year-old Hong Kong resident living in Shenzhen.

Health officials advise the public to take heed of the preventive advice against avian influenza below:

* Do not visit live poultry markets. Avoid contact with poultry, birds and their droppings. If contact has been made, thoroughly wash hands with soap;
* Poultry and eggs should be thoroughly cooked before eating;
* Wash hands frequently with soap, especially before touching the mouth, nose or eyes, handling food or eating; after going to the toilet or touching public installations or equipment (including escalator handrails, elevator control panels and door knobs); or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing;
* Cover the nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing, hold the spit with a tissue and put it into a covered dustbin;
* Avoid crowded places and contact with fever patients; and
* Wear masks when respiratory symptoms develop or when taking care of fever patients.

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