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HK to quarantine 17 people over bird flu case: Officials

Published on Dec 3, 2013 8:19 PM
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Officials test poultry at the border with mainland China in Hong Kong as part of measures against the spread of the deadly H7N9 bird flu on April 11, 2013. Hong Kong will quarantine up to 17 people after the city confirmed its first human case of the deadly H7N9 bird flu, officials said on Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong will quarantine up to 17 people after the city confirmed its first human case of the deadly H7N9 bird flu, officials said on Tuesday.

The 17 are mostly relatives of the employer of a 36-year-old Indonesian domestic helper, who is in critical condition in a Hong Kong hospital after a visit to mainland China.

They were all taken to hospital for observation.

“If those who had been in close contact (with the patient) don’t have symptoms, we will later arrange for them to enter quarantine facilities,” health minister Ko Wing Man told a press conference.

 
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