Zhongshan reported one H3N8 case, a 56-year-old female with a history of multiple myeloma, exposure to live poultry before symptom onset, and a history of wild poultry activities around her home, according to the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention on March 26.
The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed and tested the case samples, which were found to be positive for H3N8 avian influenza virus.
Guangdong CDC has guided Zhongshan to carry out an epidemiological investigation, close contact tracing, related site investigation, and disinfection in accordance with relevant plans.
At present, no abnormalities have been found among close contacts. Experts judge that this is a sporadic case, and the risk of virus transmission is low at this stage.
It's suggested that residents should avoid direct contact with live, sick and dead poultry in their daily lives, take protective measures, pay attention to dietary hygiene, separate raw and cooked foods, and eat meat well-cooked foods.
Once respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, and sore throat are present, it's advised to wear masks and seek medical attention as soon as possible. All types of agricultural markets shall implement measures such as market poultry management and sanitation.