Bird Flu

China bird flu not spreading between people, says WHO

Michael O’Leary, the WHO’s representative in China, holds a news conference in Beijing on Monday. Photo: AP

There is no proof that the H7N9 bird flu virus is being transmitted between people in China, the World Health Organisation said on Monday, despite several members of a family falling ill in Shanghai.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

PLA officer calls H7N9 virus a US 'bio-psychological weapon'

In response to the backlash, Dai Xu posted: "Now, a group of fake American devils are attacking me", accompanied by a photo of a soldier in attack mode. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A senior military official has caused an outrage among netizens for calling the current avian flu outbreak in mainland China an American conspiracy and belittling a string of deaths from the virus.  

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Three new cases bring China's H7N9 tally to 21, with 6 dead

A teacher at an elementary school in Jinan, capital of Shandong province, instructs a pupil yesterday on the proper way to wear a mask. The elementary school was offering a class on how to prevent bird flu as health authorities on the mainland took more steps to cope with an increasing number of H7N9 bird flu cases. Photo: Xinhua

The cases in Shanghai were a 59-year-old man from Anhui, who was in serious condition, and a 67-year-old Shanghai native, who was in stable condition. The Anhui case was a 55-year-old man from Haozhou who slaughtered and sold poultry. They bring the national tally of cases to 21, six of them fatal.

8 Apr 2013 - 12:09pm

'Intense' farming in China's developed areas blamed in bird flu risk

A chicken farm in Zouping, in east China's Shandong province. Photo: AFP

“Normally, diseases are likely to break out in poor areas. Why is it the other way around in China?” a Global Times editorial said. “In China’s southern and eastern coastal areas, agriculture, especially animal husbandry, has become more intense and populations more dense,” said the English-language edition of the paper, known for its pro-China stance.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Hong Kong on standby for H7N9 outbreak as China confirms three new cases

China has reported 21 human cases of the H7N9 flu virus, including six deaths. Photo: EPA

The latest three cases in Shanghai and Anhui brought the total number of confirmed H7N9 cases across the nation to 21 - ten in Shanghai, six in Jiangsu, three in Zhejiang and two in Anhui. Four patients in Shanghai and two in Zhejiang have died.

7 Apr 2013 - 11:37pm 4 comments

Nanjing chicken vendors shocked by sudden closure of stalls over bird flu

A vendor with his birds at a poultry market in Nanjing. Photo: Reuters

Chicken traders in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, voiced shock after authorities closed their stalls, without warning or mention of compensation, because of the latest bird flu outbreak.

7 Apr 2013 - 5:44am

Questions fly thick and fast over delay in bird flu report

Workers catch pigeons in People's Square as a precaution against bird flu in Shanghai. Photo: EPA

Memories of the 2002-03 Sars epidemic are deeply embedded in the mainland psyche. While just about everyone learned about severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed 774 people worldwide, from the news media, they also remember that mainland officials hid the growing toll from the public for weeks before a wave of deaths and rumours forced authorities to reveal the scale of the epidemic.

7 Apr 2013 - 1:42am

Prevention key to containing new avian flu outbreak

Guangxi health workers inoculate chickens to halt bird flu. Photo: AFP

The unexpected outbreak of influenza A(H7N9) on the mainland marks the first time the virus has been detected in humans. As of Friday, there were 16 confirmed cases, of which six have been fatal.

7 Apr 2013 - 1:43am

Beijing needs to give world full picture of bird flu outbreak

Doctors and nurses attend a training course for treatment of H7N9 virus at a hospital in Hangzhou. Photo: Reuters

One of the most important lessons of the 2002-03 Sars outbreak was that more openness from mainland officials would have helped combat the epidemic. There is evidence it has been remembered - though perhaps belatedly - in the release of information about the current deadly outbreak of H7N9 avian flu. 

7 Apr 2013 - 1:42am

Shanghai stops poultry trade on bird flu fears

 Workers conduct innocuous disposal of live poultry at the Sanguantang poultry and egg market in Shanghai. Photo: Xinhua

Shanghai’s live poultry markets were shut on Saturday after authorities banned trading in birds to prevent the spread of H7N9 bird flu, which has killed six people in China.

6 Apr 2013 - 11:56am

Death of Zhejiang farmer raises China's human bird flu toll to six

A doctor handles a blood sample of a 67-year-old patient suffering from the H7N9 bird flu strain being treated at a hospital in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Photo:Reuters

A sixth person has died of H7N9 bird flu in China, state media said on Friday, after authorities slaughtered poultry in a mass cull at a Shanghai market where the virus has been detected.

The latest fatality was a 64-year-old farmer who died in Huzhou, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, local officials said according to the state Xinhua news agency.

5 Apr 2013 - 11:20pm

Lack of preparedness leaves us exposed to the risk of a nightmare like Sars

Technical staff from the animal disease prevention and control center inject chickens with the H5N1 bird flu vaccine. Photo: Reuters

While news that a coronavirus genetically related to Sars has been found in the Middle East is worrying Hong Kong, the H7N9 bird flu appears to be spreading across eastern China.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:02am 1 comment

'Eat only vegetables and fish,' retail boss' letter to staff about bird flu goes viral

Liu Qiangdong, chief executive of Jingdong Mall, China’s second-largest online retailer has sent out a letter to employees about bird flu. Photo: SCMP pictures

Liu Qiangdong, chief executive of Jingdong Mall, China’s second-largest online retailer, sent out a caring letter to his employees on Wednesday, warning them against the deadly new strain of bird flu.

4 Apr 2013 - 4:06pm

Beijing will not 'exclude possibility' of H7N9 infections

Technicians carry out a test for the H7N9 bird flu virus using test reagents at the Beijing Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC). Photo: Reuters

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said although recent cases of human bird flu infection have been concentrated in eastern China, the city of Beijing was not “absolutely safe” from the virus.

4 Apr 2013 - 3:53pm 2 comments

H7N9 harder to track but less likely to cause disease

While the spread of H5N1 has been halted by culls of chickens, this will not work with the H7N9 virus, as it is not known to have caused widespread deaths among birds or other animals, says Professor Yuen Kwok-yung, a microbiologist at the University of Hong Kong.

4 Apr 2013 - 10:27am 1 comment