Hong Kong Detects Sixth Imported H7N9 Avian Flu Case

Hong Kong Detects Sixth Imported H7N9 Avian Flu Case

Hong Kong health officials today announced another imported H7N9 influenza infection, in an 18-month-old girl who had recently traveled to mainland China’s Guangdong province, one of the hot spots in the most recent wave of cases.

The girl’s illness is the sixth imported H7N9 case detected in Hong Kong since December, according to a statement today from Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP).  On Mar 3, routine tests at the CHP’s lab detected H7N9 in the girl’s samples, and she was hospitalized again for isolation and testing.

Investigation found that she had visited the Guangdong province city of Foshan from Feb 5 to Feb 27, during which time her mother took her to a live-bird market on Feb 24. They did not buy poultry but had stayed at a local residence with known poultry nearby.

Announcement of Hong Kong’s case came on a day when no new H7N9 cases or deaths were reported on China’s mainland. Today’s new case boosts the overall outbreak total to 381, with the unofficial death total remaining at 118. So far 245 cases have been reported in the second wave of infections, which started in October, compared with 136 in the first wave last spring.