Hong Kong officials meet after bird flu confirmed
(AP) -- Hong Kong has confirmed its first case of human bird flu in seven years.
Health Secretary York Chow said late Wednesday that a 59-year-old woman had tested positive for H5N1 bird flu after returning to Hong Kong from the Chinese mainland, and is in serious condition in a local hospital.
With the announcement, the government raised the bird flu alert to "serious," meaning there is a risk of contracting the disease within the territory.
Chow said Hong Kong officials were meeting Thursday and would determine whether additional measures are needed to safeguard local residents.
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