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09HONGKONG1164
2009-06-24 10:01:00
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Consulate Hong Kong
Cable title:  

HONG KONG H1N1 UPDATE - HK SCHOOLS REMAIN CLOSED,

Tags:   AMED  AEMR  AMGT  ASEC  CASC  KFLO  KFLU  KPAO  KSAF 
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DE RUEHHK #1164 1751001
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 241001Z JUN 09
FM AMCONSUL HONG KONG
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7946
INFO RUEHZN/ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHPH/CDC ATLANTA GA PRIORITY
RUEAUSA/DEPT OF HHS WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
						UNCLAS HONG KONG 001164 

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR OES/IHB AMBASSADOR LOFTIS, DEPT FOR EAP/CM, DEPT
FOR CA/OCS/EAP, DEPT FOR M/PRI, DEPT FOR SES-O, HHS FOR
OGHA, CDC ATLANTA FOR CCID AND COGH

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AMED AEMR AMGT ASEC CASC KFLO KFLU KPAO KSAF
MG, PINR, PREL, TBIO, HK, CH
SUBJECT: HONG KONG H1N1 UPDATE - HK SCHOOLS REMAIN CLOSED,
MACAU CONFIRMS LOCAL TRANSMISSION

REF: A. A) HONG KONG 1065

B. B) HONG KONG 1109

UNCLAS HONG KONG 001164

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR OES/IHB AMBASSADOR LOFTIS, DEPT FOR EAP/CM, DEPT
FOR CA/OCS/EAP, DEPT FOR M/PRI, DEPT FOR SES-O, HHS FOR
OGHA, CDC ATLANTA FOR CCID AND COGH

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AMED AEMR AMGT ASEC CASC KFLO KFLU KPAO KSAF
MG, PINR, PREL, TBIO, HK, CH
SUBJECT: HONG KONG H1N1 UPDATE - HK SCHOOLS REMAIN CLOSED,
MACAU CONFIRMS LOCAL TRANSMISSION

REF: A. A) HONG KONG 1065

B. B) HONG KONG 1109


1. Summary: The number of H1N1 cases in Hong Kong continues
to climb, while Macau has gone from zero cases to eight,
including the first instance of community transmission, in
the last six days. In response to the continued outbreak in
Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Government (HKG) announced June 23
that all nursery, kindergarten and primary schools would
suspend classes for the remainder of the school year.
Macau's Health Bureau raised the pandemic alert level to 6
following confirmation of the first case of community
transmission. End Summary.

Hong Kong ) Rapid Spread but Adequate Response
-------------- -


2. Hong Kong continues to experience a rapid surge in the
number of confirmed H1N1 infections. 60 new cases were
identified June 23, bringing the total in Hong Kong to 408.
Most of these cases are now attributed to community
transmission. The response measures in place (Ref B) remain
unchanged and the HKG considers their current response to the
pandemic to be adequate. Hong Kong health officials continue
to review the response measures, however, and can be expected
to adjust them as warranted by the extent and severity of the
outbreak.


3. Consistent with earlier statements, the HKG reviewed
school closures June 23 and made the decision to suspend
classes for the remainder of the school year for all nursery,
kindergarten and primary schools (Ref A). In addition,
between June 11 and June 23 the HKG ordered 23 secondary
schools closed, each for a two-week period, after students at
those schools tested positive for H1N1. Each of these
schools will be reviewed and, if determined infection-free by
the HKG, will be allowed to reopen and resume classes.
Several of these schools have effectively finished their
school years and will not reopen, while others will reopen
for end-of-year testing.

Macau ) Community Transmission Raises Alert Level
-------------- --------------


4. Macau officials identified the first H1N1 case June 18.
As of June 23, there have been eight confirmed cases. The
first community transmission case was confirmed June 23,
prompting Macau's Health Bureau to raise the pandemic alert
level to 6, their highest level. This moves Macau to the
same response level as Hong Kong and the World Health
Organization (WHO). Macau's Pandemic Alert Level 6 has four
sub-levels, from least (blue) to most severe (red). The
current level is 6-blue, indicating a "moderate local
epidemic situation." Macau Health Director Lei Chin-ion
stated that if more than 20 H1N1 patients are hospitalized at
once, they will move to the next sub-level. The Health
Bureau published new response guidance on June 24 that does
not call for school closures but suspends extracurricular
activities. The new guidance also calls for voluntary health
screening at public venues including government offices,
hotels and casinos.
DONOVAN