Secretary Food and Heath Dr Ko Wing Man addressing publicly on the H7N9 matter
Dr Ko Wing Man responded on the matter saying that Indonesian domestic helper who has travelled to Shen Zhen in China, infected with rarely seen H7N9 or Human Avian Influenza. She is now in critical condition and isolation has been completed. the source of diseases has yet to be discovered. The fastest mean to get information is through the patient but she is no longer able to be contacted due to her gravely condition. She is believed to be allocated to Princess Margaret Hospital for quarantine.
After the cases being exposed, authorities immediately raised disease response level from "alert" to "serious". Besides, they also limited import of live chicken from Shenzhen farms as a preventative measures. Before the disease get more people in Hong Kong or being carried out of the country, they have informed World Health Organization in prior for thorough investigation.
There are many people confusing about H7N9 and H5N1. Both of them are different to address one virus. It is understood that H5N1 could be prevented by shutting down poultry market measure. It has happened before in Hong Kong they had successfully taken it down. However, H5N1 is very different to H7N9
Robert Webster Ph.D said study concluded that H5N1 is derived from aquatic duck at China. For H7N9, the source of disease is unknown. It is non pathogenic. Expert point of view on H7N9, the influenza does not caught the eye of public because it is spreading from asian country to africa and to Europe. As if the disease is spreading. the last country will be hit by new virus is highly developed countries such as America and England which are most of the great scientist living. There are none H7N9 virus infection on poultry stock in western country.
H7N9 is a new virus reported March 2013 spreading widely in China. It is mainly causing trouble in poultry. Even U.S has not studied fully on the virus strain. There is not many information at CDC.
January 27, 2014 - Hong Kong banned importing live chicken estimated over 20,000 after receiving a sample tested positive for H7N9 avian influenza virus. Dr Ko Wing Man also said he is closing market for 21 days for the purposes cleaning and disinfection. In a bid to against widespread contamination or H7N9 epidemic, China halting exporting live chicken to various countries although Chinese New Year marked increasing demands of chicken worldwide. The marketplace being sealed off is Cheung Sha Wan poultry wholesale market.
Prof Wendy Barclay an influenza researcher commented on H7N9 that the virus did not mutated in a way that could make it more likely to spread around the globe. There is no evidence of human-to-human transmission or mutation to make it closer to a pandemic. In the meantime, WHO does not respond aggressively on the matter or even impose trade and travel restrictions because of bird flu.
Dr Ko Wing Man appeared on TV addressing the H7N9 patient