The risk of sporadic human infection is high after three samples collected from live-poultry markets in the southern city of Shenzhen tested positive for the H7N9 avian influenza virus, the Chinese government said.
The Guangdong province health authority examined 70 samples from 13 live poultry markets in Shenzhen, it said in a statement yesterday. Shenzhen is an hour’s train ride from downtown Hong Kong and a popular day-trip destination for shopping and dining.
Hong Kong has stepped up surveillance of travellers with fever after finding two cases of a new strain of bird flu that killed at least 45 people in China. The first case is a 36-year-old Indonesian woman who traveled to the Chinese city to buy and slaughter a chicken, and the second is an 80-year-old man who was hospitalised in Shenzhen last month before moving to Hong Kong.
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