Hong Kong health officials confirmed Tuesday afternoon a human
case of H9N2 infection, a mild form of avian influenza, the first
of its kind in three years.
Dr. Thomas Tsang, the Controller of the Center for Health
Protection of the Department of Health, said a 9-month baby has
been diagnosed with H9N2 bird flu during a press briefing on
Tsang said the baby, who lives in Tseung Kwan O of the New
Territories, showed symptoms of fever beginning on March 4 and was
hospitalized on March 6. She recovered on March 9 and her parents
and grandma did not show symptoms of avian influenza.
Tsang said the girl has never been outside Hong Kong but her
family once took her to the marketplace to buy live poultry.
The baby is currently under medical observation in Princess
Margaret Hospital and the health authority has conducted blood
testing for her family members. Tsang said the results will be
released next week after full genic testing is completed.
He added that the Hong Kong health authority has notified the
World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health of the H9N2
avian influenza case.
Hong Kong reported two human H9N2 avian flu cases in 1999,
involving a four-year-old child and a 13-month-old baby. In 2003, a
five-year-old child was also confirmed to be infected with the H9N2
avian flu virus. All the three patients infected with the H9N2
(Xinhua News Agency March 21, 2007)