H9n7 alert in China (Shanghai & Anhui) - Is HK/ Macau safe?
A follow-up if you must need something technical to chew on: as H9N7 is believed to be carried by birds at this moment, a TV station interviewed a professor tonight regarding the risk. According to the scholar, at this time of the year, birds are migrating northwards so the risk of the disease traveling south from the flying birds is reduced.
I don't know how one might reach to that analysis. It wouldn't change my judgment if I were a potential visitor. In fact, I would probably think it's funny that bird flight patterns are now being analyzed.Edited: 04 April 2013, 02:32
To put it into perspective, the distance between HKG and Shanghai/Anhui is rather irrelevant. After all, a decade ago one person brought an epidemic from HKG to Toronto 12,550km away on a 15 hour flight.
If OP is worried, stay home. No one can guarantee if H9N7 will not be in HKG or anywhere else in the world in the future.
Bob is correct, with International travel, no country is really immune to infectious disease anymore.
At the end of the day, common sense is sometimes uncommon, and we have our own health beliefs and value system..
Do we cease to live, cease to function or become crippled? I hope not.
I was once in the same situation before, I was fine with the travel arrangement but because other travel partners were paranoid, so we had to cancel a trip.
Hard decisions always...when other people are part of the equation....Edited: 04 April 2013, 12:54
It is particularly hard, especially when you are a new mother with a firstborn.
Tuberculosis is a bad example tho, cure available & not highly pathogenic. distance not too relevant if transmittable by pp to pp. You check out any forum post on Ocean park - tonnes of complaints about china tourists. Alot of them in macau as well.
I do not want to go but my husband wanted & insisted to. SighsEdited: 04 April 2013, 14:53
I think the two most relevant points from all these posts are as follows:
--- There is absolutely no evidence of this disease in HK or Macau as of the present time. There is also no evidence as far as I know that H9N7 is transmitted from person-to-person. Yes, there are a lot of mainland tourists here (as there are also in S'pore, Thailand, etc.) and so if mainlanders scare you then by all means stay home.
-- Be rational about risks. Statistically, the risk of a traffic accident (with a little one not secured in a car seat, because no taxi in HK has car seats and I bet you are not planning to travel with one, are you?) is significantly higher than the risk of coming down with an exotic disease.
This is the Hong Kong Forum. You may want to re-post your question at the Guangzhou forum.
AFAIK they are still finding new cases of H7N9 and more alarmingly, newer H7N9 cases show ability to resist Tamiflu, according to news reports.
You should also consult your local travel clinic or a doctor specialises in travel health and medicine for professional advice rather than relying on a public forum.Edited: 03 June 2013, 23:09
More off-topic, but I can't resist....... Have you read about the horrible Dengue Fever epidemic in Singapore?????
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