CHP closely monitors human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) in Mainland involving a 38-year-old woman


30th November 2022 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (November 30) closely monitoring a human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) in the Mainland, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

 The case involves a 38-year-old woman living in Qinzhou, Guangxi, who had exposure to live domestic poultry before onset. She developed symptoms on 22nd September and was admitted for treatment on September 25. She passed away on 18th October.

From 2005 to date, 54 human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1) have been reported by Mainland health authorities.

“All novel influenza A infections, including H5N1, are notifiable infectious diseases in Hong Kong,” a spokesman for the CHP said.

Travellers to the Mainland or other affected areas must avoid visiting wet markets, live poultry markets or farms. They should be alert to the presence of backyard poultry when visiting relatives and friends. They should also avoid purchasing live or freshly slaughtered poultry, and avoid touching poultry/birds or their droppings. They should strictly observe personal and hand hygiene when visiting any place with live poultry.

HKSAR Govt Press Release