Nineteen people who came into contact with the 80-year-old who was infected with the deadly H7N9 virus, Hong Kong’s second case this week, are now reportedly being kept in isolation at a hospital.
Seven of the 19 were yesterday moved from Princess Margaret Hospital to a quarantine centre set up at the Lady MacLehose Holiday Village in Sai Kung. The rest remain in the hospital in Kwai Chung.
Health chief Dr Ko Wing-man said one or two of the 19 had mild symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection.
The doctor said that experts believe some chickens in Shenzhen may have been infected with the H7N9 virus, as that’s where the man is living now.
The first case in Hong Kong from earlier this week affected a 36-year-old woman who had also come into contact with poultry in Shenzhen. She is currently in critical condition and being hospitalized.
University of Hong Kong microbiologist Ho Pak-leung said it appeared clear that the virus had spread in Shenzhen, but that all evidence so far suggested it could not sustain effective human-to-human transmission.
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