The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reported today on the third imported human H7N9 avian influenza case in as many weeks.
The male patient, aged 62 with underlying illnesses, departed Hong Kong since December 15 last year and traveled to Zengcheng, Guangzhou. He has developed fever, cough and shortness of breath since January 1. He was admitted to a hospital for treatment in Dongguan during January 2 to 3.
The patient discharged himself against medical advice on January 3 and returned to Hong Kong via Lo Wu on the same day. He attended the Accident and Emergency Department of Yan Chai Hospital yesterday and was admitted for treatment on the same day. His condition deteriorated today and has been transferred to intensive care unit for further management. The patient is now in critical condition.
His endotracheal aspirate and nasopharyngeal aspirate specimen were confirmed to be positive for influenza A(H7N9) virus by the CHP’s Public Health Laboratory Services Branch tonight.
The patient denied recent exposure to poultry or wet market.