HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong has reported its first case of the H7N9 bird flu strain, in a possible sign the virus is spreading beyond mainland China since it first emerged there earlier this year.
A 36-year-old Indonesian maid is in hospital in critical condition, the southern Chinese financial hub’s Health Secretary Ko Wing-man said late Monday.
The maid had a history of traveling across the border to the mainland city of Shenzhen to buy, slaughter and eat chickens, Ko said.
H7N9 was first identified April. It has sickened 139 people and killed 45 in China and Taiwan.