Hong Kong has confirmed its second case of the deadly H7N9
bird flu, days after the first, as the virus spreads beyond
The victim, an 80-year-old man from the neighbouring Chinese
city of Shenzhen, is in a stable condition in a hospital in
Tuen Mun on the outskirts of Hong Kong and will be
transferred to an isolation facility.
"There is no evidence that this virus can cause sustained
human-to-human transmission, so the risk of widespread or
community-wide outbreak at this stage is low," said Dr Leung
Ting-hung, controller of the Centre for Health Protection.
However, the city is maintaining its influenza pandemic
response level at "serious".
On Monday (local time), Hong Kong's officials said a
36-year-old Indonesian domestic helper with a history of
contact with poultry and travel to Shenzhen had been
confirmed to be infected with H7N9 and had been hospitalised
in a critical condition.
"I don't think at this stage we can find any evidence of any
links between the two cases. We have no evidence that they
had come into contact with each other," Leung added.
The H7N9 strain killed around 45 of some 135 people it
infected in mainland China earlier this year, before
appearing to peter out during the summer.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the outbreak of
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which killed nearly 300
people in Hong Kong and had a significant impact on the