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Hong Kong Reports 2nd Case Of H7N9, Quarantines 19

“Hong Kong’s Center of Health Protection said Saturday authorities have quarantined 19 people that had come in contact with a H7N9 bird flu victim,” Forbes reports (Flannery, 12/8). Most of those quarantined have tested negative for the virus, “with the results of one patient pending,” Deutsche Welle writes, noting “Hong Kong [on Friday] confirmed its second human case of H7N9 bird flu, five days after its first” (12/7). “After the first H7N9 case was discovered in Hong Kong …, local health officials tightened infection controls at hospitals and limited visiting hours, while strictly enforcing cleaning rules at live chicken stalls in local markets,” according to the New York Times, which adds, “Hong Kong also said it planned to step up health checks at its borders to screen visitors for the virus” (Gough, 12/7). “Extra health officials have been deployed to carry out random temperature checks at entry points to the southern Chinese city, which already have thermal imaging systems,” Agence France-Presse writes, noting, “Suspected cases of avian influenza would immediately be referred to public hospitals” (12/6).