Boy, six, critical with virus in HK hospital

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 November, 2009, 12:00am

A six-year-old boy with swine flu was in a critical condition last night in Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The boy, who was admitted to hospital on Tuesday, had been in good health. Six other patients were also in critical condition, six were serious and 49 stable.

A Hong Kong man died of swine flu in Guangzhou on Sunday. The 56-year-old, who had chronic heart disease, had been living on the mainland for years and had not recently travelled to Hong Kong.

The Centre for Health Protection said swine flu was widespread in the US, Canada and across Europe, and the number of cases has also been on the rise on the mainland in the past few weeks.

Forty swine flu patients have died in Hong Kong. The centre said 16 per cent of flu samples from designated clinics had tested positive.