Monday, June 4, 2012

Bird flu boy in Hong Kong in Serious Condition after Doctors Failed to diagnose H5N1 for several Days

A two-year-old boy who is seriously ill with bird flu at Princess Margaret Hospital missed out on treatment for the disease for several days after doctors at another hospital failed to diagnose H5N1, it emerged last night.

The toddler is in intensive care with obstructive hydrocephalus, or water on the brain, a spokesman for the Centre for Health Protection said.

His Hong Kong father and mainland mother do not have symptoms but have been quarantined at the hospital.

The boy was transferred to Princess Margaret on Friday from Caritas Medical Centre where he had been treated in a general pediatrics ward for five days.

A spokeswoman for the Hospital Authority told The Standard that Caritas doctors suspected upper respiratory tract infection.

"We can't put all patients with flu in isolation and it depends on the case," she said. Read More