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H7N9 avian flu

Hong Kong man dies in city’s third imported bird flu case in three weeks

Patient travelled to Guangzhou in December and developed symptoms on New Year’s Day

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 January, 2017, 9:30am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 January, 2017, 9:37am

A 62-year-old Hongkonger has died after contracting H7N9 bird flu in the city’s third confirmed imported case in three weeks.

The man travelled to Zengcheng in Guangzhou on December 15, the Centre for Health Protection said.

On New Year’s Day, he developed a fever, cough and shortness of breath. He was admitted to Shijie Hospital in Dongguan.

He discharged himself against medical advice on Tuesday and returned to Hong Kong via Lo Wu on the same day.

He attended Yan Chai Hospital in Tsuen Wan on Wednesday and was admitted.

His condition deteriorated on Thursday, and he was transferred to the intensive care unit in critical condition.

He tested positive to H7N9 viral infection on Thursday night.

A Hospital Authority spokesman confirmed that the man died at 4.09am on Friday.

The patient had denied having recent exposure to poultry or wet markets, the major cause for most of the imported cases in the city.

His close contacts remained asymptomatic and were put under medical surveillance. The centre is tracing his other contacts in Hong Kong

The case was reported to the Guangdong and Macau health authorities.

The deadly bird flu has claimed the life of a 75-year-old man in the first imported case this winter, reported on December 19.

The 70-year-old man in the second case was in critical condition according to earlier reports.