Via the South China Morning Post: Raising awareness of bird flu risks to be stepped up among Hong Kong's minority groups. Excerpt:
Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said on Wednesday the government would step up promotion on bird flu preventative measures to ethnic minority groups in Hong Kong.
His pledge came after an Indonesian domestic worker was confirmed to be infected with the H7N9 virus. She is the first person in Hong Kong to have contracted the deadly strain of bird flu.
The 36-year-old woman works for a Hong Kong family. She developed symptoms after returning from Shenzhen, where she had slaughtered and cooked a live chicken.
Ko said the highest risk of contracting the H7N9 bird flu were having contact with or slaughtering live poultry.
“Hong Kong should learn from the first confirmed case,” he said on a radio programme.
Ko said the infected helper had not disclosed her contact with live poultry in Shenzhen until she was taken to Queen Mary Hospital for treatment on November 30. She had severe pneumonia and needed an artificial lung to help her breathe.
The woman remained in a critical condition and was treated in an intensive care unit on Wednesday morning.