Via The Standard: 17 in isolation camp over H7N9 fears. Excerpt:
Seventeen people who had contact with an Indonesian domestic helper critically ill with the bird flu strain H7N9 are being sent to a holiday village for quarantine - the first time the procedure has been activated since the Sars outbreak in 2003.
The 36-year-old helper was confirmed on Monday as the first human case of H7N9 in the city. She traveled to Shenzhen on November 17 to buy a live chicken at a market before slaughtering and cooking it in her employers' flat at Palatial Coast, Tuen Mun.
She started displaying symptoms on November 21 and remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit of Queen Mary Hospital.
Among the 17 are the helper's two employers and eight of their family members, including their two sons, aged 10 and 13, and their parents, aged 78 and 80, who also live with them.
They were sent to the Lady McLehose Holiday Village in Sai Kung for observation and retests. They could stay at the village for 10 days, which is the incubation period for the virus.
The rest of the close contacts, isolated at Princess Margaret Hospital, will also be moved to the camp over the next few days. The 10 family members and the helper's 33-year-old friend who accompanied her to Shenzhen have all tested negative for H7N9, which has so far killed 45 of 140 people infected in the mainland. Four of the 10 have shown upper respiratory symptoms.
Six patients in the same ward as the helper at Tuen Mun Hospital where she was first admitted last Wednesday are waiting to be tested.
The 17 are among 200 contacts who have been traced and are being closely monitored. Another seven doctors who had treated the woman at Tuen Mun and Queen Mary hospitals have upper respiratory symptoms but also tested negative. Two private doctors in Tuen Mun who saw the woman still have to be tested.
Authorities said the risk of human-to-human transmission is low.
The risk may be low, but after H5N1 in 1997-98 and SARS in 2003-04, the Hong Kong public health authorities don't mess around.