Infectious Diseases 2007

Infectious Diseases 2007

Baby in Hong Kong infected with H9N2 avian avian influenza

Hong Kong 20 March, 2007 Hong Kong officials have reported that a 9-month-old girl is infected with the strain of avian influenza known as A/H9N2, which has caused mild human illness in the city three times before and is considered capable of evolving into a pandemic strain.
The Hospital Authority in Hong Kong said the baby girl has only mild symptoms but is in isolation at Princess Margaret Hospital.
The same strain infected two girls in Hong Kong in 1999 and a 5-year-old boy there in 2003; all had mild illnesses and recovered.
The baby girl became ill Mar 4 with an upper respiratory tract infection and fever and was hospitalized at United Christian Hospital from Mar 6 to 9, AFP reported.
The H9N2 strain of avian influenza is widespread in poultry in Asia and Middle east.(CIDRAP).