Live Poultry Stalls to Close for a Week to Undergo Disinfection
Several live poultry stalls at the Nanwan, Henggang and Longgang district markets were forced to shut down its doors for at least a week to undergo disinfection and cleaning after samples that were taken tested positive for the H7N9 flu virus. Markets in Longgang will also be suspending its operations in all of its live poultry markets for disinfection and cleaning.
Six people that had close contact with a Hong Kong Man that was infected with the H7 N9 virus is released from a seven day medical quarantine after his test results came out negative. The man lived in Bao’an before traveling to Hong Kong to seek treatment for a chronic illness he was experiencing. The six people who came in contact with the infected person were isolated at home and had food and medication delivered to them during the week long medical observation period in which their vital signs were monitored constantly. Their home was disinfected after the observation period.
The director of the infectious disease department said that no other signs of the H7N9 virus were detected after the man left the hospitals after being confined for treatment of a chronic illness. According to his child the man ate chicken that has been stored in his refrigerator for two weeks prior to his treatment. The stored chicken and the refrigerator was tested and showed no signs of the virus.
The director said that poultry has a strong tolerance for the H7N9 virus and poultry only dies after suffering from severe H7N9 virus infection. So people who are selling and transporting infected poultry are at risk of using insufficient caution and monitoring of live poultry is strictly implemented.
The city health department is urging live poultry market to increase its disinfecting efforts and are asking residents to avoid handling poultry whenever possible and to wash thoroughly after handling or visiting any poultry markets.