A 70-year-old man has tested positive for bird flu in Hong Kong, according to The Centre for Health Protection (CHP).
The news comes just three days after the death of the patient suffering from Hong Kong’s first imported case of avian flu this winter, who had travelled to Dongguan in late November.
In the latest case, the 70-year-old patient, with underlying illnesses, travelled to Shenzhen and Zhongshan in mid-December and claims to have come across mobile stalls selling live poultry on his trip. Following this, he visited a shop near a wet market in Kwun Tong where he purchased chilled chicken.
The source of infection has yet to be confirmed, however the CHP is working closely with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) to investigate the case as a precautionary measure. In addition, the case will be passed on to the World Health Organization (WHO) and health authorities on the mainland.
The man is now in stable condition at Princess Margaret Hospital.
The CHP has warned the public to avoid touching birds, poultry or their droppings and visiting poultry markets or farms during travel. If feeling unwell, people are advised to wear a mask and seek medical advice at once. Travellers returning from the New Year holidays, particularly from affected areas, should consult doctors promptly if symptoms develop.