A Hong Kong woman with recent travel to the Longgang district of Shenzhen, China is being reported as the eleventh imported case of human H7N9 avian influenza, according to local media reports (computer translated).

Hong Kong/CIA
Hong Kong/CIA

What we know about the case is the confirmed H7N9 bird flu case is a 68-year-old local woman who has been admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital. She is currently described to be in critical condition  with fever and pneumonia symptoms.

Although the exact source of the infection has yet to be determined, it is reported that she ate chicken and was at the home of a friend who had chickens; however, it is believed she had no direct contact with the birds.

This has prompted Hong Kong authorities to raise the influenza pandemic alert. Read more the government’s response plan HERE.

Prior to this case, Hong Kong has seen 10 imported H7N9 avian flu cases, all from Guangdong Province.