Liuzhou Laowai

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Liuzhou “Bird Flu” Victim

chickens

“The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (December 1) received notification of an additional human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in Guangxi from the National Health and Family Planning Commission, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.”

The case involves a 30-year-old woman in Liuzhou, described as a farmer. The report is unspecific about location, but the implication is that the victim is in the countryside of Liuzhou prefecture rather than the city. Not that this is any comfort to the woman or her family.

The woman, who is said to have had contact with dead poultry before falling ill, apparently developed symptoms on November 8 and was hospitalised on November 18. She is now in a serious condition.

The authorities make the following recommendations, most of which are common sense or normal practice:

  • Avoid contact with poultry, birds and their droppings;
  • If contact has been made, thoroughly wash hands with soap;
  • Avoid entering areas where poultry may be slaughtered and contact with surfaces which might be contaminated by droppings of poultry or other animals;
  • 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); and 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;
  • Wear masks when respiratory symptoms develop or when taking care of fever patients;
  • Stay clear of KFC

OK. I made up the last one, but good advice, anyway!

Information courtesy of 7th Space which has more details.

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