Hong Kong confirmed its first case of deadly H7N9 bird flu on Monday in a further sign that the virus is continuing to spread beyond mainland China’s borders.
A 36-year-old Indonesian domestic helper with a history of contact with poultry and travel to Shenzhen in mainland China just north of Hong Kong has been confirmed infected by H7N9 and hospitalized in critical condition, Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man told reporters late Monday.
The case coincides with the 10th anniversary of the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, also known as SARS, which killed nearly 300 people in Hong Kong and had a significant impact on the city’s travel and retail industry.
The patient was admitted to a hospital on November 27 after developing a cough and shortness of breath. She was transferred to intensive care at the city’s Queen Mary Hospital last Friday.