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Hong Kong reports first suspected case of H7N9

Published on Apr 5, 2013 7:39 PM
 
Chickens are pictured on the floor of a food market in downtown Shanghai on Friday, April 5, 2013. A seven-year-old Hong Kong girl is being tested for the H7N9 flu virus after she returned from Shanghai and showed flu-like symptoms, officials said on Friday in the city's first suspected case. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG (AFP) - A seven-year-old Hong Kong girl is being tested for the H7N9 flu virus after she returned from Shanghai and showed flu-like symptoms, officials said on Friday in the city's first suspected case.

Health officials said the result of the test was expected later on Friday, coming after the virus killed six in China and prompted the closure of all live poultry markets in Shanghai as well as the culling of over 20,000 birds.

"She has travelled to Shanghai in late March and had contact with poultry.

We have quarantined her," the Hospital Authority's chief infection control officer Dominic Tsang said.

 
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