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First case of bird flu H7N9 in Hong Kong

First case of bird flu H7N9 in Hong Kong

36-year-old woman infected with dangerous bird flu virus
04.12.2013

The first case of infection with the H7N9 bird flu virus appears to have occurred in Hong Kong. As the Hong Kong government reports, the person concerned is an Indonesian woman who works as a household help in the Chinese metropolis. According to the information, the health status of the 36-year-old is critical.

Infection apparently due to contact with poultry According to the government, the first case of infection with the avian influenza virus H7N9 has occurred in Hong Kong, the metropolis of South China. A 36-year-old domestic help from Indonesia, who is now in critical condition in the hospital, was affected, according to a report on the website of the US TV station "CNN" on December 3. Accordingly, the woman had slaughtered and eaten poultry during a visit to the nearby city of Shenzhen a few weeks ago and may have contracted the virus as a result.

Another ten people under observation To avoid taking any risks, according to the dpa, there were also 10 people from the immediate vicinity of the woman for observation in the hospital - including four people from the household in which the woman had worked. As the dpa further reports, the contagion for head of government Leung Chun-ying means "a serious case of infection", so that from now on the controls at the border to China would be intensified in order to be able to quickly find further cases.

Three farms in Shenzhen stopped importing According to Ko Wing-Mann's Secretary for Food and Health, Hong Kong has also "stopped live poultry imports from three Shenzhen farms and will also review chicken farms and wholesale poultry markets in Hong Kong," CNN continues.

So far 45 people in China have died of H7N9 infection By the beginning of November, a total of 139 confirmed cases of H7N9 in China had been registered with the World Health Organization (WHO), 45 people had died from the infection. Currently, “six patients have been hospitalized and 88 have been discharged. So far, there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission, ”according to WHO. According to this, a 64-year-old woman from Zhejiang province in China was most recently affected at the end of October, who runs an agriculture and has thus had regular contact with live poultry. However, after the patient was transferred to another hospital on November 3, the WHO said she was still in critical condition. (No)

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