Pandemic Potential Increases as H7N9 Spreads to Hong Kong at the Start of Regular Flu Season
The Daily Sheeple
December 3rd, 2013
An Indonesian resident in Hong Kong has become the islands first H7N9 bird flu victim. The woman who is 36 years old is in isolation and is in a critical condition.
She recently traveled to Shenzhen on the mainland and had contact with live poultry.
The World Health Organization has said that although:
“There is no evidence of sustained human to human transmission, H7N9 is an unusually dangerous virus.”
Hong Kongs food and health secretary Dr. KO Wing-man said the woman:
“…has a history of travelling to Shenzhen, buying a chicken, slaughtering and eating the chicken”.
“She is now in critical condition at Queen Mary Hospital, four people in close contact with her were showing signs of flu-like symptoms.”
H7N9 was first identified in April and has sickened 139 people since then, killing 45 of them. Scientists fear that the virus will have much more effect this winter when influenza outbreaks are far more common.