OFWs in Hong Kong warned vs contracting bird flu

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Friday, February 28, 2014


THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) on Friday warned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) based in Hong Kong to closely follow the advisories of local health officials in order to avoid getting the H7N9 virus.

In a statement, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said they are especially concerned over the safety of OFWs that are engaged in poultry work, or those who respond to avian influenza outbreaks.

"OFWs are advised to follow recommended bio-security and infection control practices. These include use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as surgical masks, and careful attention to hand hygiene," said Baldoz.

"The best way to prevent infection with the avian influenza, or bird flu, is to avoid sources of exposure whenever possible," she added.

A few weeks ago, a 75-year-old man died in Hong Kong after being infected with H7N9 virus. He is the fourth confirmed case of human infected with H7N9 bird flu in Hong Kong.

On the other hand, Baldoz appealed to OFWs, who are scheduled to come home but feel that they have contracted the disease, to change their plans for the moment.

"We advise them to delay their travel home until after a doctor gives the go-signal to travel," said Baldoz.

Records show there are about 180,000 OFWs working in Hong Kong. (HDT/Sunnex)

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