Bird Flu

China poultry cull urged to halt spread of bird flu

A woman handles chickens at a market stall. Photo: Felix Wong

A leading researcher has called for live-bird markets in H7N9-hit areas of the mainland to be closed and poultry culled to block the deadly virus' spread, as a study confirmed wet markets to be the "smoking gun" in the spread of the disease.

Friday, 26 April, 2013, 8:32am 1 comment

Elderly man dies of bird flu in Zhejiang, raising China death toll to 22

A poultry egg trading market in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province. Photo: Reuters

An elderly man in eastern China died of bird flu on Tuesday, bringing the death toll from a strain that recently emerged in humans to 22, a provincial health agency reported. The 86-year-old man died after having been diagnosed with the H7N9 virus on April 17, the Zhejiang Health Bureau said on its website.

24 Apr 2013 - 8:00am

Stop mainland China chicken imports, says Hong Kong vet

Howard Wong Kai-hay

The city should stop importing live poultry from the mainland to cut the risk of the deadly H7N9 bird flu entering Hong Kong, said the government's former top vet who is a specialist in epidemics.

22 Apr 2013 - 9:52am 2 comments

The American doctor is in, to do a bird flu check-up

The American doctor is in, to do a bird flu check-up

Hong Kong is paid a visit by Dr Richard Besser, ABC News’ chief health and medical editor in the US. Other stories: Spotify, iPhone 5, smog and ArtWalk

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

18 reported dead from China bird flu

A visitor in Shanghai wears a face mask. Photo: AFP

The death toll from a new strain of bird flu in China has reached 18, with dozens infected, state-run media reported, after experts said there is no evidence so far of human-to-human transmission.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Beijing H7N9 bird flu victim leaves hospital

A seven-year-old girl and her parents arrive home after leaving hospital in Beijing on Wednesday. Photo: Xinhua.

A seven-year-old girl who contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu left hospital on Wednesday and appeared before media in an apparent bid by health authorities to cool concerns about the deadly virus.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

40pc of bird flu victims haven't touched poultry

Doctors at the Beijing Centre of Disease Control carry out tests for the deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu. Photo: AFP

A top mainland scientist said 40 per cent of the people who have tested positive for the new, deadly strain of bird flu had no recent contact with poultry, and so it is still unclear how they contracted the virus.

18 Apr 2013 - 8:10am 1 comment

Beijing H7N9 bird flu victim leaves hospital

A girl who was tested positive for the H7N9 avian influenza virus holds a certificate awarded by the hospital to praise her performance during the treatment while attending a press briefing before leaving the Beijing Ditan Hospital in Beijing, on Wednesday. Photo: Xinhua

A seven-year-old girl who contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu left hospital on Wednesday and appeared before media in an apparent bid by health authorities to cool concerns about the deadly virus.

17 Apr 2013 - 7:14pm

Death toll hits 16 in China bird flu outbreak

Commuters protect themselves against bird flu in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

H7N9 bird flu has claimed two more lives in Shanghai, Chinese state media said, bringing the death toll from the disease to 16. China has confirmed 77 human cases of H7N9 avian influenza since announcing two weeks ago that it had found the strain in people for the first time.

17 Apr 2013 - 10:39am

Online pictures of dead birds spur China flu openness

Dead sparrows lie on the ground in a residential area in Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu province. Photo: AFP

Photos of 10 dead sparrows on a Chinese pavement that went viral on social media and drew a swift official response show how hard covering up a bird flu outbreak would be in the internet age.

16 Apr 2013 - 3:52pm

China media urge eating poultry despite bird flu

Poultry is displayed at a market stall in Hefei, in central China's Anhui province. Photo: AFP

China’s poultry industry lost 10 billion yuan (US$1.6 billion) in the week after the H7N9 bird flu virus began infecting humans, state-run media said on Monday as they sought to discourage panic.

Altogether 60 people have been confirmed as infected and 13 have died in the two weeks since Chinese authorities said they found the strain in humans for the first time.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

H7N9 spreads in China in 'sporadic, unconnected way'

Nurses collect blood samples at a fever clinic at Beijing's Ditan Hospital, where a girl is being treated for H7N9. Photo: AP

The deadly new strain of bird flu has spread further on the mainland, with two people in Henan province confirmed yesterday as infected with H7N9, the first cases in the region.

15 Apr 2013 - 7:01am 1 comment

Hong Kong should reconsider ban on live poultry stalls

A vendor weighs a live chicken at the Kowloon City Market. Photo: Bloomberg

It was not long ago that banning the sale of live poultry in our markets and moving to a system of central slaughtering was seen as necessary to protect us from deadly infectious diseases. The government finally decided that reduced risk made the idea politically expendable and shelved it. Then-health minister York Chow Yat-ngok said at the time that the decision was not necessarily permanent, as the virus itself and the risk could change.

14 Apr 2013 - 2:15am 1 comment

Seven-year-old girl confirmed as Beijing's first bird flu case

Journalists take pictures and videos of a screen showing the seven-year-old girl officials at Ditan Hospital confirmed as suffering from the H7N9 bird flu strain. Photo: Reuters

A seven-year-old Beijing girl was confirmed as having H7N9 bird flu yesterday - the first time it has been found beyond Shanghai and neighbouring provinces.

14 Apr 2013 - 5:31am

Bird flu seen as curb on inflation

A breeder in Zhejiang province takes stock as he sits with his chickens, which he says have not been infected by the virus. Photo: Reuters

The H7N9 bird flu outbreak has already had an impact on stocks of firms in expected sectors, such as restaurants, and unexpected ones, including carmakers. Now the new strain of avian flu, which has killed 10 people, is being seen as an effective antidote to food price inflation.

12 Apr 2013 - 5:59am