The Hong Kong government on Saturday confirmed the season’s first case of infectionof the deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu.
In a released statement on Saturday, the authorities said that a 68-year-old woman fell critically ill with the fatal bird flu strain, leading to the first confirmed case in the Hong Kong city this winter.
The woman fell ill of the bird flu strain on December 19 and due as the symptoms turned severe she was admitted to hospital on Thursday.
The authorities have classified the case as ‘imported’. According to the government statement, the woman had recently visited the Longgang district of Shenzhen in China. In March 2013, China had reported the first ever human case of the H7N9 strain.
The authorities said that the woman had reportedly eaten chicken while she was in Shenzhen. However, she was not exposed to any live poultry during her visit.
Meanwhile, the government is on a lookout of tracking down the friends and closed ones of the woman, who are expected to have been exposed to the virus.
The sources said that the deadly strain of virus had subsequently spread from China to Hong Kong December last year, where it had claimed lives of three people.
The authorities said that the hospitals in Hong Kong have introduced several measures for proper monitoring and containing the influenza infection.