On 30th December 2016, it is been reported that in Shanghai and Hong Kong, there is a case of H7N9 each. This is the second case that happened in Hong Kong, the first resulting in the death of an elderly man. The patient in Shanghai is being treated in the hospital.
Through the article, it is known that a 70 year old man had been tested positive for the H7N9 strain of the virus and prior to that, “the man had come across mobile stalls selling live poultry in Zhongshan“, however, is this the source of infection? The authorities are still investigating on this issue. This patient is then being hospitalised and anyone that has been in close contact with this patient is being placed under medical surveillance.
The H7N9 virus has caused the death of an elderly man who had bought a chicken in Guangdong province. He died less than a week after being tested positive for the virus.
Hong Kong is particularly alert to the spread of this virus as it brought back the history of bird flu being reported in humans in Hong Kong first where it caused the death of 6 people and subsequently hundreds more subcummed to the bird flu worldwide.
- Our Foreign Staff(2016), Shanghai and Hong Kong confirm new human cases of H7N9 bird flu, The Telegraph, 30 December, retrieved on 8th January 2017 from < http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/30/shanghai-confirms-new-human-case-h7n9-bird-flu/ >