China confirms first H7N4 bird flu in human

by Health | 15-02-2018 | 13735 views

China has confirmed the first human case of H7N4 bird flu, prompting Hong Kong to issue a health warning for those travelling to the mainland during the busy Lunar New Year holiday.

The strain was identified in a 68-year-old woman from the eastern province of Jiangsu who was admitted to hospital after falling ill on December 25 but had since recovered, according to China’s National Health and family Planning Commission.

“She had contact with live poultry before the onset of symptoms,” Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection said late on Wednesday after being informed of the case by Chinese authorities, who said the virus genes were of avian origin.

The world’s first human cases of bird flu were reported in Hong Kong in 1997.

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