For the first time in seven years the H5N1 bird flu virus has been detected in Hong Kong. A 59-year old woman had begun to show flu symptoms after her family trip to Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing. She was admitted to a hospital on the 14th of November having only returned to Hong Kong on the 1st.
Health chief York Chow said there was no sign yet that the virus has been spread between humans and that investigations were focusing on poultry as being the source of the infection.
“The chances of her catching it is most likely on the mainland, but you cannot rule out Hong Kong,” he said.
Again, Hong Kong has its finger pointing at the mainland and who can blame them considering China’s track record. From it’s unwillingness to admit an outbreak to its inadequate attempt to control it, useless is the word that springs to mind. Let’s not forget more than 50 years of ineffective posters issued by the government to improve hygiene.
In contrast, the Hong Kong government has swiftly raised the bird flu alert, to indicate a risk of infection within the territory. According to the World Health Organization, more than 500 cases of bird flu have been diagnosed worldwide since 2003, 302 of which were fatal.