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First case of bird flu confirmed in Hong Kong

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 - 01:34

Dec. 3 - Officials confirm the first case of human avian flu in Hong Kong, residents not overly concerned. Julie Noce reports.

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Officials in Hong Kong say a 36 year old Indonesian woman is in critical condition after becoming infected with the avian influenza- or bird flu- the first human case recorded outside mainland China. Hong Kong's Food and Health Secretary, Dr Ko Wing-man. (SOUNDBITE)(English) HONG KONG SECRETARY FOR FOOD AND HEALTH, DR. KO WING-MAN, SAYING: The victim is a 36-year-old Indonesian domestic helper. She has a history of travelling to Shenzhen, buying a chicken, slaughtering and eating the chicken. (cover with broll) We have also escalated the response level of our Preparedness Plan for Influenza Pandemic to 'Serious'." This particular strain of bird flu, H7N9, was first detected in mainland China earlier this year and has killed 23 people. Governments around Asia had taken strict measures to try and avoid the spread of the disease. Residents at poultry markets in Hong Kong say the outbreak won't stop them from eating chicken. I'm not worried, this person said. If you pay attention to personal hygiene it'll be okay. Another person said, If you don't cook your food, you'll get sick. It doesn't matter if it's poultry, pork or something else. H5N1 - an earlier, more deadly strain of the flu- killed almost 300 people in Hong Kong 10 years ago.

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First case of bird flu confirmed in Hong Kong

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 - 01:34