On December 2, 2013, the city government of Hong Kong confirmed its first case of the human transmission of bird flu, putting the entire country in public health alert.
A 36-year-old Indonesian domestic helper, said to be in critical condition, fell ill on November 21 after a visit to Shenzhen where she bought, slaughtered and ate a chicken which she did not know was infected with the bird flu strain H7N9. Shenzhen is a Chinese city near Hong Kong.
Since then, those who were identified to have been within close contact with the infected woman have been isolated and observed in a hospital. This includes her employer’s family who has displayed minor respiratory symptoms. As a result, Hong Kong has since installed body temperature checks at all of its borders in order to monitor any suspicious infectious diseases.
Incidentally, the event occurred on the same day as the 10th anniversary of the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak, which claimed around 300 lives and placed in critical hundreds more in Hong Kong.