Hong Kong reports 2nd H7N9 bird flu case

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Associated Press

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 8:30 PM

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong has reported its second human case of H7N9 bird flu days after the first, raising fears that the virus is spreading beyond mainland China.

The Health Department said late Friday that an 80-year-old man being treated for a chronic illness was found to have the bird flu strain.

Hong Kong authorities have been monitoring H7N9 closely since it was first identified in April. Infectious diseases are a particular concern in Hong Kong, where a decade ago the Sars virus killed 299 people. Hundreds in other countries also died.

H7N9 has sickened about 140 people and killed 45, almost all of them in mainland China. Taiwan has had one case.

The virus appears to have stalled since Chinese authorities cracked down on live animal markets following the initial outbreak.

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