Via RTHK English News: Second H7N9 bird flu case confirmed. Excerpt:
A second person in the territory has been diagnosed with the H7N9 bird flu virus. He's an 80-year-old Hong Kong man who lives in Shenzhen but returned to the SAR several days ago. He's said to be in a stable condition in hospital with a fever.
The Controller of the Centre for Health Protection, Leung Ting-hung, said three relatives of the man brought him to Hong Kong earlier this week for treatment for an underlying medical condition.
From the Shenzhen Bay border control point they took him to the accident and emergency department at Tuen Mun Hospital by taxi.
He has since been transferred to an isolation ward at Princess Margaret Hospital.
Efforts are now being made to contact the three family members, who are thought to have returned to Shenzhen, as well as the taxi driver who took them to Tuen Mun Hospital from the border.
Health officials here have notified their counterparts in Shenzhen about the latest case.
This version doesn't quite mesh with the report by CHP, which tells us the patient was in a Shenzhen hospital "for management of his chronic illness from November 13 to 29." He was then presumably back home from November 30 to December 3, when three of his family members brought him into Hong Kong to Tuen Mun Hospital "for further management of his chronic illness."
Only today, December 6, did the patient develop a fever, and that got him put into immediate isolation. In a matter of hours he was confirmed H7N9 positive.
WHO tells us that "the median time from onset to hospital admission is approximately 4.5 days," but this man was in one hospital or another for most of the past three and a half weeks. He may have been exposed to H7N9 while at home on December 1-2, or he may have already contracted it in the Shenzhen hospital.
And why did his three family members not simply return to the local hospital for further management of the man's condition? Why did they go to Hong Kong, drop him off, hang around for a while, and then disappear? And they must have disappeared, or CHP wouldn't be appealing for them to call the CHP hotline.
If this were a routine MERS case in Riyadh, we wouldn't know even this much detail. But I hope Dr. Ko Wing-man will fill in the gaps in this patient's history as quickly as possible.