A second case of bird flu (H7N9 virus strain) infection in a month has been registered in Hong Kong, local health authorities reported.
"The patient traveled to Shenzhen and Zhongshan since Dec. 13 and returned to Hong Kong via Lo Wu on December 16. He claimed that he came across mobile stalls selling live poultry in Zhongshan," the Hong Kong Center for Health Protection (CHP) said in a Friday release.
The infected individual, a 70-year-old resident of Hong Kong, first showed symptoms on Dec. 26 and was admitted to the isolation ward of the United Christian Hospital (UCH) on Dec. 28, according to CHP.
"His sputum specimen, collected on Dec. 28, was received and confirmed yesterday (Dec. 29) to be positive for influenza A(H7N9) virus by the CHP's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch (PHLSB). The patient is now in stable condition and has been transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital for further management," CHP said in its statement.
On Dec. 25, a 75-year-old man died from bird flu in Hong Kong.
On Thursday, the Shanghai Municipal Health and Family Planning Commission reported the second case in nine days of a human infection with the H7N9 strain of bird flu in Shanghai.
The first case of a human contracting avian influenza virus of the H7N9 strain was registered in China in March 2013. China has been imposing bans on poultry imports from affected countries. Curbs are already in place against some 60 nations, including Japan and South Korea.
Source: Philippines News Agency