Published On: Thu, Dec 26th, 2013

Hong Kong reports first H7N9 bird flu death in elderly Shenzhen man

In a follow-up to a report earlier this month, the 80-year-old Shenzhen, China man who contracted the H7N9 avian influenza virus in his home town, has died at a Hong Kong hospital Thursday, according to a Reuters report today.

Hong Kong  Image/CIA

Hong Kong Image/CIA

The elderly patient was the second case of the lethal disease in Hong Kong and the first to die as a result of it in the city.

According to an earlier Hong Kong government press release, the man was admitted to a hospital in Shenzhen for management of his chronic illness from November 13 to 29.

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On December 3, he arrived in Hong Kong with his three family members via Shenzhen Bay Port Border Control Point and subsequently took a taxi there in the afternoon to the Accident and Emergency Department (AED) of Tuen Mun Hospital where he was admitted for further management of his chronic illness on the same day.

He tested positive by laboratory testing for the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus by the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch of the CHP on Dec. 6.

The first human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Hong Kong was in a Indonesian domestic worker who traveled to Shenzhen in November and reported on Dec. 2.

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