No sign of bird fllu: China

2010-11-19 09:18
Shanghai - Health authorities in eastern China said they had so far detected no human cases of bird flu after a woman in Hong Kong who had visited the region contracted the potentially fatal disease.

"Currently no cases have emerged," the Shanghai Health Bureau said in a statement.

It said experts had been dispatched to find people who came into close contact with the 59-year-old woman, who is in a serious condition in a Hong Kong hospital isolation ward.

The patient had recently visited the eastern Chinese cities of Nanjing, Shanghai and Hangzhou, but officials in Hong Kong said it was too early to say where or how she contracted the disease.

According to the Chinese statement dated Thursday, the woman's son, daughter-in-law and others including hotel employees in Shanghai had been checked and did not present symptoms of the disease.

Health workers would continue to monitor them and send them to hospital if they developed a fever, sore throat or other symptoms, it added. They were also monitoring people near the hotel where she stayed, such as food vendors.

Last recorded case in 2003

The health bureau in Jiangsu province, where Nanjing is located, said it too had checked more than 30 hotel workers who came into contact with the patient, and that they had not developed symptoms of the disease.

Health authorities in Zhejiang province, where Hangzhou is located, and China's health and agriculture ministries were not immediately available for comment.

The re-emergence of the disease has caused concern in the teeming city of Hong Kong, where the last human case of bird flu was recorded in 2003.

In mainland China, however, the disease has re-occurred several times.

The latest reported human case was in June, when a young pregnant woman in the central province of Hubei died of bird flu, bringing to 26 the number of people killed by the virus since it re-emerged in 2003.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    hong kong  |  china  |  health  |  bird flu  |  h1n1 publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

UK expert: Boks ‘have KO game’
Ireland hold on to down Italy
As it happened: Ireland 16-9 Italy
All Blacks sympathise with England
Traffic Alerts

It is time to focus on your daily rhythm. Are you putting too much attention on future projects and neglecting the day to more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.