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A Hong Kong woman of 59 years old has become hospitalized after visiting the Chinese mainland though it has not been determined where it originated. The alert level has been elevated to “serious” which implies that there is a risk of getting the virus.
In 2003 another outbreak of bird flu killed six people. Investigators are concentrating on poultry as the possible origin of the H5N1 virus and health chief, York Chow, said that so far the virus has not spread.
Chow said, “We will be concentrating on people who were in contact with her when she showed symptoms and also when she was in Hong Kong.” He also added that there is a greater risk of cathing it on the mainland but Hong Kong is not completely ruled out.
The woman reportedly went to Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing with her family.
The World Health Organization states that of 500 cases of H5N1 diagnosed since 2003, 302 cases were fatal which is two-thirds of all that contracted the disease.
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