Hong Kong has first H7N9 bird flu death

PHOTO: Hong Kong has first H7N9 bird flu death

HONG KONG- A Hong Kong man infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu died yesterday. It is the first death in the city since the virus emerged there earlier this month.

The 80-year-old man was the second reported case of H7N9 infection in Hong Kong.

A government spokesman confirmed the death. The man had other underlying medical conditions.

He had been taken to hospital after returning to Hong Kong from the neighbouring city of Shenzhen in China, where he lives.

Hong Kong officials have stepped up border checks and traced hundreds who had been in contact with the two people infected.

The first case is of a 36-year-old Indonesian domestic helper.

Health officials had expected human cases of avian influenza in low winter temperatures, given the number of cases in China.

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