Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Update on Avian Influenza

Hon Tony Ryall
Minister of Health

17 April 2013

Update on Avian Influenza

The World Health Organization currently considers the risk of international spread of Avian Influenza A(H7N9) low but New Zealand’s health system is ready to respond should that change, Health Minister Tony Ryall says.

“I have received a further update from the Ministry of Health on the current situation and New Zealand’s preparedness regarding Avian Influenza A(H7N9).

“The WHO is working closely with Chinese authorities in their intensive surveillance and response to a number of cases where humans have contracted Avian Influenza A(H7N9).

“Officials here have been ensuring health services are kept informed of any changes and are well prepared should the situation change.”

The current advice is that:

• there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission
• WHO advises against limiting travel with China
• ESR’s National Influenza Centre in Wellington is able to test for H7N9 but no cases have been identified.

“New Zealand has a pandemic plan which can be activated quickly if needed. It is a whole-of-government plan with the Ministry of Health as the co-ordinating agency.

“Experience gained during the 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) has been incorporated into this plan. Clinical and diagnostic guidance has also been sent to DHB clinicians and laboratories, and Medical Officers of Health. This includes advice around possible H7N9 symptoms.

“While preparations are well advanced and the threat remains low, we want people kept up-to-date on the situation. Information regarding avian influenza will be regularly updated on the Ministry’s website. http://www.health.govt.nz/avian-influenza

General information on prevention of influenza can also be found here: http://www.health.govt.nz/influenza

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has also updated its advice for travellers on its Safe Travel website.
www.safetravel.govt.nz

Current advice from the World Health Organization

Latest: As of 15 April 2013, 60 cases of influenza A (H7N9), including 13 deaths have been reported in China. The cases have been reported from Beijing and Shanghai municipalities and Anhui, Henan, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. The Chinese government is actively investigating this event and has heightened disease surveillance.

More than 1000 close contacts of the cases are being closely monitored, and to date there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission.

WHO updates, including a weekly monitoring, risk assessment and FAQs are available at: http://www.who.int/influenza/human_animal_interface/influenza_h7n9/en/

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Protests Close Roads: TPP Signed In Auckland

“TPP was signed by Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Viet Nam.” More>>

ALSO:

Emails Behind 'Diplomatic Immunity' Case: Whitehead Report Released

“As previously indicated the conclusions reached by Mr Whitehead’s investigation are not unexpected but they are very disappointing,” Mr Mccully says. “At the heart of the matter is a single email, along with procedural shortcomings, which gave Malaysian officials the impression it would be acceptable for Mr Rizalman to return to Malaysia." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Treaty/TPP Overlap, And Iowa

The fears about the ISDS provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership deal are well-founded. The reality is that there is a sharp uptick in the occurrence of ISDS litigation in developed countries, and even the right wing likes of The Economist have been souring on the process for some time. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Red Zone Offers: Fresh High Court Proceedings

Grant Cameron, Solicitor for the Quake Outcasts said “the action seeks judicial review of the Crown’s recent decision to make a fresh offer to purchase properties from uninsured property owners in red zones. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference: Waitangi And TPP

Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday said his office has received an invitation for him to visit the Lower Marae on Waitangi Day, but was waiting for a meeting of the Te Tii Marae Trustees. More>>

ALSO:

Flagged: 'Wrong Colour' Bridge Flag To Change

NZ First: Only 13 days after National trumpeted its legally questionable flag on Auckland Harbour Bridge, it is now coming down because it is the wrong colour... “Mr Key’s latest flag fiasco is another waste of taxpayers' money. Given it is coming down, down is exactly the location where it should remain. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Children Head Back To School

“Across the whole of this year we expect 61,820 five year olds will begin their primary schooling for the first time,” says the Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey. More>>

ALSO:

Dog & Lemon: FBI Disagrees With NZ Government Over Police Chases

Multiple studies, quoted by the FBI, show that once suspects realise they're no longer being chased; they tend to slow down to normal driving speeds and therefore become far less of a risk. The FBI report also categorically rejected the argument that abandoning police chases meant ‘giving in’ to offenders. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news