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SFH on avian influenza

     Following is the transcript of remarks made by the Secretary for Food and Health, Dr York Chow, at a stand-up media session after attending the Bone Marrow Donor Award Ceremony  held by the Hong Kong Bone Marrow Donor Registry today (November 20):

Reporter: (on patient's condition)

Secretary for Food and Health: According to the reports from the hospital, the patient is in a stable but still considered as serious condition. She is still receiving oxygen, although the oxygen concentration has decreased from 100% to 70%, which indicates her lung is actually improving a little. So we regard that her condition is stable and also slightly improving. According to the work that is being done by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, they have gone through 30 chicken farms in Hong Kong in the last few days, and also obtained cloacal swabs for testing. So far the tests from all these swabs were negative. The tests are still going on, but so far we feel that the risk of avian influenza in Hong Kong is still slim, and also there is no indication of human to human transmission.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

Ends/Saturday, November 20, 2010
Issued at HKT 15:50


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