RI worker in Hong Kong
infected with H7N9 avian

The Indonesian Consulate General (KJRI) in Hong Kong has confirmed based on information obtained from the Hong Kong authority, that an Indonesian migrant worker, Tri Mawarti, 36, has H7N9 avian influenza.

It said Tri was taken to Tuen Mun Hospital on Nov.27 before she was moved to Queen Mary Hospital on Nov.30. The patient is reported to be in critical condition.

“KJRI Hong Kong will continue to monitor the development of the case and will seek all the support she needs, including to bring her family to Hong Kong,” said the consulate general in an official release made available to The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

It is said the KJRI Hong Kong, under cooperation with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department Hong Kong, would disseminate information on avian influenza to all Indonesian citizens in Hong Kong, including on preventive measures against the disease.

Secretary for Food and Health, Ko Wing-man, said in a statement on Tuesday that it was the first H7N9 avian influenza case in a human in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong administration has called for increased alertness on H7N9 avian influenza from “alert” to “serious” by taking several policies such as suspending chicken imports from several poultries in Shenzhen, China, and increasing monitoring activities on the spread of H7N9 virus including limiting visit hours in hospitals and tracking people possibly infected with the virus.

Other anticipatory measures include inspections of local markets and poultry, and tightened regulations on biosafety measures as well as the cleansing and selling of live chickens. (ebf)

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