10 January 2014 - The Centre for Health Protection, China, Hong Kong SAR, notified WHO on 8 January 2014 of an additional laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.
The patient is a 65-year-old man with underlying illness. He
became ill on 3 January and was admitted to hospital on 7 January with a
chest infection and transferred to the intensive care unit later that
day. He tested positive for avian influenza A(H7N9) virus on 8 January.
The patient is currently under isolation and in a critical condition.
The patient had travelled to Shenzhen, Guangdong province, with a family
member from 1 to 2 January. They passed by a wet market in Shenzhen on 1
January. In Hong Kong, the patient did not enter a wet market, but may
have passed a market entrance in the mornings.
The patient’s close contact has remained asymptomatic and is
under quarantine for 10 days since the last contact with the patient.
Contact tracing for other contacts, including hospital patients as well
as healthcare workers and relevant hospital visitors, are under way.
The infection is considered to have occurred outside Hong Kong. The
investigation is ongoing.
On 9 January 2014, the National Health and Family Planning
Commission of China notified WHO of an additional laboratory-confirmed
case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.
The patient is a 51 year old woman from Jiaxing City in
Zhejiang Province. She became ill on 28 December and was admitted to the
hospital on 6 January. She is currently in critical condition. The
source of infection is still under investigation.