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Updates on H5 case

     Latest laboratory results received by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (June 2) confirmed that the two-year-old boy was infected with Influenza A (H5N1).  

     The boy is put under intensive care treatment in Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) and is now in serious condition. Latest radiological imaging studies showed obstructive hydrocephalus. Investigation is underway for the underlying cause.  

     Preliminary investigation revealed that the boy had visited a wet market with live poultry in Guangzhou in mid-May.  

     "The boy's parents are all along asymptomatic, which means the chance of a human-to-human transmission is slim," a CHP spokesman said.  

     The parents are being quarantined at PMH and nasopharyngeal aspirates taken from them were tested negative.  Laboratory tests of two health care workers of the private clinic and another patient who attended the same clinic were also tested negative for Influenza A (H5).  

     As at 4pm today, a total of six public enquiries have been received on the DH hotline (2125 1111).  

     Investigation continues.

Ends/Saturday, June 2, 2012
Issued at HKT 16:38


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