Date
21 November 2017
Health and food authorities are urging people with suspected bird flu symptoms to come forward, especially those who have been exposed to poultry. Photo: AFP
Health and food authorities are urging people with suspected bird flu symptoms to come forward, especially those who have been exposed to poultry. Photo: AFP

Man, 61, dies of H7N9 bird flu

A 61-year-old Hong Kong man died Sunday after falling ill with H7N9 bird flu.

He contracted the virus in the southern mainland city of Dongguan, am730 reported Monday.

Five health workers who helped care for him in the Lady MacLehose Holiday Village, which houses a temporary quarantine facility, have been placed in isolation but have not shown any symptoms, the report said, citing Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man. 

Other people who might have had contact with the patient are under observation, he said.

Ko urged people with suspected bird flu symptoms to come forward and travelers to truthfully declare their itinerary, especially those who have visited live poultry markets.

Unreported or mishandled cases pose serious public health risks, he said.  

The patient visited a poultry slaughter market in Dongguan last month, the report said.

He sought treatment at Queen Mary Hospital after experiencing shortness of breath but denied having been exposed to poultry.

The man’s condition deteriorated soon after, resulting in multiple organ failure. He was placed under life support.

Meanwhile, three more people have died from severe seasonal influenza, bringing the total to 308.

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