BREAKING: Hong Kong on alert after China confirms world’s first human case of H7N4 bird flu

Health authorities warn holiday travellers to avoid contact with live poultry as Jiangsu woman tests positive for virulent avian influenza strain
Mainland China has confirmed the world’s first human case of a virulent bird flu strain, prompting Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection to issue an alert for the city.

The centre said health authorities confirmed this month that a 68-year-old woman in Jiangsu province had been infected with H7N4 avian influenza after developing symptoms on December 25.

The woman was admitted to hospital on New Year’s Day and was discharged on January 22.

She had contact with live poultry before she developed symptoms but no person in close contact with the woman had similar symptoms, the centre said.

The authorities in mainland China did not say whether there was an outbreak of H7N4 in poultry.

The centre said the mainland health authorities confirmed “the genes of the virus were determined to be of avian origin”.