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09HONGKONG1065
2009-06-12 00:44:00
UNCLASSIFIED
Consulate Hong Kong
Cable title:  

HONG KONG H1N1 UPDATE - FIRST LOCAL H1N1

Tags:   AEMR  CASC  KFLO  PREL  PINR  HK  CH 
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DE RUEHHK #1065 1630044
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 120044Z JUN 09
FM AMCONSUL HONG KONG
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7822
INFO RUEHZN/ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COLLECTIVE
RUEHPH/CDC ATLANTA GA
RUEAUSA/DEPT OF HHS WASHINGTON DC
						UNCLAS HONG KONG 001065 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EAP/CM, OES/IHB, HHS PASS CDC, HHS FOR OGHA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AEMR CASC KFLO PREL PINR HK CH
SUBJECT: HONG KONG H1N1 UPDATE - FIRST LOCAL H1N1
TRANSMISSION, HKG ANNOUNCES SCHOOL CLOSURES

REF: HONG KONG 940



1. Summary: The Hong Kong Government (HKG) announced the
first confirmed local transmission of H1N1 in Hong Kong on
June 10, followed by confirmation on June 11 that 12 students
were infected in a cluster of cases at the same school. The
HKG announced a series of additional steps as required by
HKG's existing protocols, including extensive school
closures, intended to contain this community outbreak. End
Summary.



2. Hong Kong health officials disclosed the first confirmed
case of local H1N1 transmission on June 10. The individual
involved did not travel outside of Hong Kong during the
incubation period and was confirmed to have been in contact
with an individual who tested positive for the virus. The
same day, officials revealed that a 16-year-old Hong Kong
student also tested positive. While the source of her
infection is unclear, 11 students at St. Paul's Convent
School were suspected of having been infected by exposure to
her. In response, the HKG immediately ordered St. Paul's
closed for two weeks.



3. Test results released June 11 confirmed the 11 classmates
are infected with H1N1. In response to the cluster of cases
and in line with Hong Kong,s existing protocol, the
Education Bureau announced a 14-day closure of all nurseries,
kindergartens and primary schools, effective June 12. The
HKG will assess the situation weekly, beginning June 18, to
determine whether conditions permit the re-opening of
schools. If schools do not re-open by July 10, all affected
schools will go into summer recess.



4. The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said the HKG will
announce the opening of eight "flu clinics" throughout Hong
Kong. These clinics are designed to be the primary source of
treatment for residents who exhibit symptoms consistent with
H1N1. CHP will make a series of public announcements
explaining the clinic plan. Plans are in place to open an
additional 10 clinics, as and where needed.



5. For the present time, the treatment of infected or
suspected cases remains the same. Isolation wards are
operating at public hospitals to handle confirmed cases and
individuals in close contact with an identified case are
required to undergo medically supervised treatment and
monitoring. If the infection rate overwhelms Hong Kong,s
public health services, including the soon-to-be established
"flu clinics," CHP plans to provide infected and suspected
individuals medication and require self-quarantine at home.
DONOVAN