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Hong Kong quarantines 19 people over second bird flu case

Published on Dec 7, 2013 10:45 PM
Officials testing 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 on Friday, Dec 6, 2013, saw its second human case of the deadly H7N9 bird flu, according to a report, the second case to come to light in less than five days. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong on Saturday quarantined an additional 19 people after the city confirmed its second human case of the deadly H7N9 bird flu, less than five days after it confirmed its first, officials said.

The 19 people were close contacts of the second carrier of H7N9 in the city - an 80-year-old Hong Kong man who had been living in the neighbouring Chinese mainland city of Shenzhen.

The man developed a fever and was found to be infected with the virus on Friday after he was admitted to the city's Tuen Mun hospital on Tuesday due to underlying medical conditions.

"Nineteen close contacts of the patient have been quarantined," said a government statement released late on Saturday.

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