Hong Kong authorities have announced the discovery of its second case of human H7N9 bird flu just a few days after the first person afflicted was reported, elevating fears that the disease may be spreading beyond the borders of mainland China. According to the Health department, an 80 year old man was treated for a chronic illness in the hospital and was discovered to have the particular bird flu strain.
Authorities Monitoring Disease Closely
Medical authorities are monitoring the H7N9 very closely ever since it was first discovered in April. Infectious disease is of great concern in Hong Kong where about ten years ago, the SARS virus killed at least 299 people with hundreds of others also being killed in countries where it spread.
The H7N9 so far has afflicted about 140 people and has killed 45 with almost all of the fatalities coming from mainland China and Taiwan reporting one case.