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Hong Kong reports first H7N9 death; officials step up border checks

Published on Dec 26, 2013 6:11 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. A Hong Kong man infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu died on Thursday, Dec 26, 2013, the first such death in the city since the virus emerged there this month. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG (AFP) - A Hong Kong man infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu died on Thursday, the first such death in the city since the virus emerged there this month.

The 80-year-old man was the second reported case of H7N9 infection in Hong Kong after one reported on Dec 2.

A government spokesman confirmed the death of the man, who had been suffering from other underlying medical conditions.

He had been taken to hospital after returning to Hong Kong from the neighbouring city of Shenzhen in mainland China, where he lives.

 
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