Avian Flu control measures on campus

To:                   PolyU Staff and Students

From:               Health, Safety and Environment Office
Date:               16 December 2011 

Subject:           Avian Flu control measures on campus

Dear colleagues and students,

A few days ago, a wild bird (black-headed gull) found at a secondary school at Yuen Long was infected with the H5 avian influenza virus. In view of this, the Health, Safety and Environment Office (HSEO) would like to remind the PolyU community of the following Avian Flu control measures on campus:  

1. Handling of dead wild birds found on campus:

If a dead wild bird is found on campus, staff and students should avoid touching the wild bird or its droppings, because the bird may carry the avian flu virus. They should notify the Campus Security Control Centre (CSCC) at 2766-7999. CSCC will cordon off the adjacent area to prevent other persons from coming into contact with the dead bird. CSCC will call the Government hotline 1823 to arrange for dead bird collection and FMO/CFM staff will disinfect the adjacent area (using 1:49 diluted household bleach) after the bird removal.

2. Report of human cases of Avian Flu to HSEO:

If a PolyU staff member or student is infected with the Influenza A (H5N1) virus, he/she should notify HSEO via his/her unit’s/department’s flu coordinator as soon as
possible. Upon receipt of the notification, HSEO will liaise with FMO and the respective unit/department to identify the on-campus areas that need to be disinfected. In addition, HSEO will work with the respective unit/department to locate other PolyU staff/students that have a history of close contact with the H5N1 patient, and request these “potential H5N1 carriers” to adopt precautionary measures to prevent further spread of the disease. For example, these potential H5N1 carriers will be requested to put on a surgical mask for a certain period, and to seek immediate medical consultation if fever-like symptoms (body temperature >38oC, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, and difficulty in breathing) develop.

For enquiries, please call the Health, Safety and Environment Office at 3400-8396/3400-8386 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Attachment :
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