Bird flu reported in Hong Kong

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A confirmed case of avian flu has been reported in China, after the Department of Health, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region gave notice to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The patient is a 60-year-old man who is a resident of the SAR in Hong Kong. He was previously healthy, before developing symptoms on Feb. 8 and visiting a doctor on Feb. 11. The patient is currently being kept in isolation.

He was most likely infected in the Jiangsu Province. It was found that the patient worked in Suzhou and came back to Hong Kong SAR on Feb. 5. The patient denied any contact with poultry, despite visiting a market while in Suzhou. Health officials are working to trace the contacts of the patient. Tamiflu is being prescribed to help stop the infection.

The Department of Health is working with National Health and Family Planning Commission of China. WHO is advising travelers to avoid countries dealing with the bird flu.

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