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H7N9 avian flu

H7N9 avian flu

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.  

Germ warfare: Hong Kong’s never-ending fight against viruses

An electron microscope image of the Mers virus, which appears to be more deadly than Sars. Photos: AP; AFP; David Wong; Corbis; Martin Chan; Edward Wong

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

Man, 61, dies of bird flu in Hong Kong after contracting virus in mainland China

A 61-year-old man has become the first person in Hong Kong to die of H7N9 bird flu this season. Photo: Sam Tsang

A 61-year-old man has become the first person in Hong Kong to die of H7N9 bird flu this season, after contracting the virus during a visit to the mainland.

2 Mar 2015 - 5:14pm

Hong Kong hospital staff exposed to bird flu patient in quarantine

Staff should have worn an N95 respirator and full face shield. Photo: Dickson Lee

Five health-care workers are in quarantine after they treated an H7N9 bird flu patient without full protective gear.

25 Feb 2015 - 5:06am

Guangzhou wet market H7N9 bird flu fears spark five-day ban on the sale of live poultry

The five-day ban on the sale of live poultry follows the discovery of the deadly H7N9 virus in a third of samples taken at wet markets in Guangzhou. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Ban was instigated after 33 per cent of samples from 50 wet markets and five live poultry wholesale markets in the city tested positive for the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus up to February 5.

13 Feb 2015 - 2:20pm 2 comments

Mainland chickens head back to Hong Kong markets

Mainland chickens head back to Hong Kong markets

1,000 birds en route to city after lifting of ban imposed during New Year avian flu scare

10 Feb 2015 - 12:17am

Husband of Vancouver area woman with bird flu also contracted it

Canada's chief public health officer Gregory Taylor says it is likely the two cases were exposed to a common source, rather than one having been infected by the other.

The husband of a Vancouver-area woman who was diagnosed last week with bird flu after returning from a trip to China through Hong Kong has also tested positive for the virus, health officials there confirmed.

1 Feb 2015 - 7:27am

Woman flying from Hong Kong to Vancouver becomes first human bird flu case in North America

Workers wearing protective gowns and masks prepare to cull poultry in Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market on December 31, amid concerns about a H7N9 bird flu outbreak. Photo: EPA

North America's first case of bird flu in humans has been identified in a Vancouver-area woman, who returned to the city on a flight from Hong Kong this month.

28 Jan 2015 - 2:39am 3 comments

Hong Kong raises quota for live chicken sales to 4,800 per day

Live chickens are back on sale, but supplies are low. Photo: Felix Wong

Some 4,800 live chickens will be delivered to wet markets today as poultry traders look at new ways to speed up temporary delivery arrangements while the main wholesale market is closed after a bird flu scare.

13 Jan 2015 - 1:13am

Live chickens back on sale in Hong Kong after bird flu cull

Live chickens return to a market in Kowloon City for the first time this year, to the delight of shoppers. Photo: Felix Wong

Live chickens returned to the city's wet markets on Sunday for the first time since a bird flu scare at the end of last month forced a mass cull - and prices rose only modestly despite a relatively small supply.

12 Jan 2015 - 7:46pm

Poultry traders abandon checkpoint plan after Ta Kwu Ling villagers vow to block trucks

Poultry traders abandon checkpoint plan after Ta Kwu Ling villagers vow to block trucks

Poultry wholesalers yesterday abandoned a plan to deliver live chickens through the Ta Kwu Ling checkpoint, after villagers vowed to block their trucks.

7 Jan 2015 - 5:21am 1 comment

Wholesalers call off plan to release 5,000 live chickens onto Hong Kong streets

Wholesalers call off plan to release 5,000 live chickens onto Hong Kong streets

Nine poultry wholesalers who planned to release 5,000 live chickens in the city's busiest areas today called off their protest after the health minister vowed to find a way to improve delivery arrangements.

4 Jan 2015 - 10:33am 4 comments

Hong Kong could ban live poultry sales amid H7N9 bird flu scare, says top health official

Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department staff dispose of culled chickens at Cheung Sha Wan market. Photo: Felix Wong

Live poultry sales could be banned in the city if wholesalers do not conform to strict controls to curb the spread of bird flu, Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said yesterday.

3 Jan 2015 - 2:48am 7 comments

Hong Kong poultry wholesalers threaten boycott after bird flu cull

Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department staff dispose of culled chickens at Cheung Sha Wan market. Photo: Felix Wong

Fresh chicken could be off the menu for at least 21 days after the city's latest bird flu scare sparked a row between wholesalers and the government over delivery arrangements for live poultry.

1 Jan 2015 - 8:10am 11 comments

Woman, 68, in critical condition after being diagnosed with bird flu

The woman was admitted to the hospital on Christmas Day with fever and pneumonia

A 68-year-old woman is in critical condition in Tuen Mun Hospital with the H7N9 strain of bird flu. It is the first confirmed case of bird flu in the city this winter.

29 Dec 2014 - 10:16am

Mainland China's delta region grows indifferent to H7N9 at its peril

Workers unload cages of chickens at Cheung Sha Wan poultry wholesale market. Photo: Sam Tsang

The Pearl River Delta is entering peak bird flu season but the region appears unprepared for a possible outbreak.

19 Dec 2014 - 8:42pm 1 comment

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