Shenzhen health officials yesterday reported a new
human case of suspected bird flu.
The victim was identified as a 31-year-old man surnamed Jiang, who was listed
in critical condition last night.
A security guard wearing respirator stands on
duty at Donghu Hospital in Shenzhen, Guangdong province June 13,
2006. The suspected bird flu patient is undergoing treatment at the
He began complaining
of fever, coughing and back pain on June 3 and was admitted to Shenzhen People's
Hospital last Friday, according to authorities in the Guangdong Province city in
The Shenzhen Center for Disease Control said Jiang tested positive for the
deadly H5N1 strain of the virus. The Guangdong provincial health bureau then
reported the case to the Ministry of Health for verification.
The patient was transferred to the city's Donghu Hospital yesterday for
advanced treatment after his body temperature measured 40 degrees Celsius.
Medical staff were disinfecting all possible contamination sites in the city.
If state health officials confirm the preliminary diagnose, Jiang would
become China's 19th human case of the disease. Twelve of the victims have died.
HK bird flu experts head for Shenzhen
medical and veterinary experts will go to its neighboring city of Shenzhen in
south China's Guangdong Province to gather more information on the human case of
avian influenza there, a Hong Kong official said Wednesday.
Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow said the case is worrying and
could see the suspension of live mainland chicken imports for three weeks if
He added that what concerns health authorities most is that
the patient has no specific history of close contact with poultry, similar to
two previous cases in Shanghai and Guangdong. Repeated cases on the mainland may
mean there might be some "silent infections" among poultry, which might carry
the virus while not showing symptoms.
Chow assured that Hong Kong has
all the tools and mechanism to detect human avian flu and contain it.
"We should not panic, but at the same time we should be cautious," said
The Hong Kong delegation will discuss the case with the mainland
officials later Wednesday, and share information on epidemiological, laboratory
and animal investigation findings, as well as clinical treatment of the case.
Hong Kong Department of Health will continue temperature checks at
boundary checkpoints, and accidents and emergency wards have been reminded to
step up monitoring of unknown sources of pneumonia.