The influenza A (H7N9) virus is one subgroup among the larger group of H7 viruses that normally circulate among birds. A number of human infections of the H7N9 virus have been reported in eastern China, mostly in the Yangtze River Delta region since late March 2013. Some of the patients have died of severe pneumonia brought on by the virus.
Since the fatal outbreak of Sars in 2003, Hong Kong has been battling to keep a succession of diseases at bay. Sarah Lazarus examines the readiness of the city’s defences against ever-evolving strains of viruses.Friday, 13 December, 2013, 10:13am
About half of Hong Kong's estimated 130 chicken retailers will be closed for business this week in protest at soaring wholesale prices, while traders have warned of a further drop in supply expected in coming weeks putting more pressure on costs.14 Apr 2014 - 6:21am
Almost 100 people in China have died from the H7N9 bird flu strain in the first three months of the year, but the number of both fatalities and infections declined in March, government figures showed.11 Apr 2014 - 2:27pm
A 65-year-old man who crossed into the city from the mainland has been confirmed to have the potentially fatal H7N9 bird flu virus - taking the number of cases in Hong Kong to eight, all of them contracted across the border.5 Apr 2014 - 5:46am
University of Hong Kong researchers have developed a vaccine that may be the first in the world to offer a shield against many influenza viruses - including the deadly H7N9 bird flu strain - in one simple shot.2 Apr 2014 - 7:58am 5 comments
Mainland authorities have discovered H7N9 on a Guangdong poultry farm, just two weeks after the agriculture minister noted that the country's farms had so far been free from the deadly bird flu strain.21 Mar 2014 - 4:13am
A ban on live poultry from the mainland, to prevent the entry of the deadly H7N9 flu virus, has been extended for four months but sales of live local chickens resume today.19 Feb 2014 - 4:22pm 6 comments
Wholesalers will receive HK$30 government compensation for each chicken culled last month because of bird flu while breeders will get about HK$30 ex gratia for each chicken that could not be sold at a prime age because of suspension of the trade.14 Feb 2014 - 4:12am
Mainland health authorities yesterday reported five new human H7N9 cases, including a 56-year-old man who died in Lin county, Anhui, on Friday.11 Feb 2014 - 3:38am
A total of 31 people died from H7N9 bird flu in mainland China in January, the government announced on Monday, making it by far the worst month in the outbreak.
There were a total of 127 confirmed human H7N9 cases in January, according to a statement by the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC).10 Feb 2014 - 6:58pm