Hong Kong reports Avian Influenza case

The Centre for Health Protection of the Hong Kong Department of Health confirmed a case of Avian Influenza A(H7N9) in a 59-year-old patient on the mainland Jan. 1.

The male patient is undergoing treatment, according to the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning.

"We will remain vigilant and work closely with the World Health Organization and relevant health authorities to monitor the latest developments," a department of health spokesman said.

To help prevent the spread of the virus, the department of health is using thermal imaging to check body temperatures of all inbound travelers at boundary control points. 

Mainland residents and travelers are advised to avoid visiting live poultry markets and farms, as well as to wash their hands with soap frequently, cover their nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, throughly cook poultry and eggs, and avoid crowded places. 

Health authorities in Hong Kong have reported 665 human cases of avian influenza dating back to 2013.

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