Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection has confirmed the death of a 62 year old man from avian flu.
The man had been traveling from mainland China. He was the second person to die of avian influenza in Hong Kong this winter. The first patient died on Christmas Day.
The man, who visited the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in mid-December and was hospitalised in the neighboring city of Dongguan earlier in the week, died from H7N9.
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced five new MERS-CoV cases, one of them fatal.
Over the past two days there have been five new reported cases of MERS infections. One of these people, an 88 year old Saudi woman from Buraydah, has subsequently died.
The other cases of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) included two males in their 50s in the capital city Riyadh and two elderly females from Buraydah in the north central part of the country.
The UK Chief Veterinary Officer has extended a Prevention Zone to help protect poultry from avian flu.
The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone that has been in place since 6 December will be extended until 28 February 2017 to help protect poultry and captive birds from avian flu. The Protection Zone was originally to run until 6 January.
The Prevention Zone requires keepers of poultry and other captive birds to continue to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate practical steps to keep them separate from wild birds.
The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia confirmed on 2 January that two more people have died in the country of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
There has also been one new case of infection.
The two deaths were of a 63 year old Saudi woman in Buraidah and a 50 year old Saudi man died Khamis Mushayt.
The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales has confirmed Avian Influenza H5N8 in a back yard flock of chickens and ducks on a premises near Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire.
Prior to confirmation it was decided to cull the birds on strong suspicion of disease.
A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading and as part of the wider surveillance and disease control measures.
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has reported that two people have died of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the south of the country.
Of the two victims one was a man in his 60s from Mahayil Asir while the other was a man in his 70s.
The World Health Organisation confirmed that Saudi Arabia reported 10 additional MERS cases in the period 6 – 13 December, including two deaths.
The highly pathonegic avian influenza H5N8 has been found in wildfowl on two RSPB reserves in England.
The virus has been detected in dead birds found at Frampton Marsh nature reserve in Lincolnshire and Marshside reserve in Southport, Merseyside.
Following advice from Public Health England the RSPB is not initially closing the reserves. Signage at the affected sites provides guidance to visitors, emphasising the importance of hygiene. Visitors should take care to avoid physical contact with dead or sick birds, which should be reported to site staff or directly to the Defra hotline (03459 33 55 77).