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Hong Kong reports 1st case of H7N9 bird flu
Hong Kong has reported its first case of the H7N9 bird flu strain, in a possible sign the virus is spreading beyond mainland China since it first emerged there earlier this year.
A 36-year-old Indonesian maid is in hospital in critical condition, the southern Chinese financial hub's Health Secretary Ko Wing-man said late Monday.
...H7N9 was first identified April. It has sickened 139 people and killed 45 in China and Taiwan.
...scientists fear the virus will re-emerge in the winter, when influenza is most active.
Ko said the semiautonomous Chinese city's government would step up its flu pandemic preparedness plan.
Hong Kong confirms second human H7N9 bird flu case in a week
Hong Kong — Hong Kong health authorities on Friday confirmed a new human case of the deadly H7N9 bird flu, the second case to come to light in less than five days.
Hong Kong Sees 2nd Cas of Bird Flu in a Week
…Leung believed both were imported cases although there had not been any confirmed H7N9 cases in Shenzhen.
“We don’t know whether he came into contact with live poultry in Shenzhen, but in Hong Kong, certainly not,” he said.
Leung said the chance of the family members contracting the disease was low because the man did not cough or sneeze a lot or have diarrhoea before. It was also unlikely that the virus was spreading human to human, but sporadic cases were expected as temperature began to drop, he said.
Hong Kong and China report new H7N9 cases
Health officials in Hong Kong today said they detected a second imported H7N9 flu case, in an 80-year-old man from the mainland, while mainland China reported another new infection, which sickened a 30-year-old man from Zhejiang province.
Both of the H7N9 cases reported this week have travel ties to Shenzhen, a major city just north of Hong Kong in China's Guangdong province. The new case in Zhejiang, about 800 miles northeast of Guangdong province, further boosts the province's status as China's hardest hit by the H7N9 virus.
…Meanwhile, new scientific findings released today suggest that the virus doesn't latch on to human cells strongly enough to pose a pandemic threat, though the virus bears close monitoring for further changes.
Two Shenzhen wet markets test positive for H7N9 bird flu virus
Two wet markets in Shenzhen have been found to have traces of the H7N9 bird flu virus, Guangdong health authorities announced on Wednesday.
A health spokesman said three out of 70 environmental samples collected from 13 wet markets had tested positive for the deadly bird flu strain.
...The spokesman said experts believe the risk of the H7N9 virus spreading throughout Guangdong was very high, and other cases would be discovered in the area soon.