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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.  

More live-chicken retailers join boycott over prices

More live-chicken retailers join boycott over prices

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.

Monday, 14 April, 2014, 6:21am

China's 2014 bird flu death toll rises to nearly 100

Two chickens waiting for delivery to a market in Anshun, Guizhou Province. Photo: AFP

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

Man rushed to hospital from border has H7N9

A new human vaccine against deadly H7N9 bird flu can be available by the end of this year the earliest, says health secretary Dr Ko Wing-man. Photo: AFP

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

HKU team hail H7N9 flu vaccine 'breakthrough'

HKU team hail H7N9 flu vaccine 'breakthrough'

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

First H7N9 found on Chinese poultry farm

Quarantine workers sterilise the Nam Yue wholesale market in Macau last week after traces of H7N9 were found. Photo: Xinhua

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

Ban on Chinese live poultry extended for four months

Sales of locally bred chickens, like these at Hong Kong Modern Farm in Kam Tin, Yuen Long, resume today. Photo: Sam Tsang

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 to get HK$30 for each chicken culled

Wholesalers to get HK$30 for each chicken culled

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

Expect more human H7N9 bird flu cases if live poultry sales continue, Chinese officials warn

Mainland officials want live poultry sales to end. Photo: AP

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

January worst month in China’s human H7N9 outbreak

There were 127 confirmed human H7N9 cases in January, according to a statement by the National Health and Family Planning Commission. Photo: AP

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

Containing bird flu viruses a life and death battle in China

Containing bird flu viruses a life and death battle in China

Bird flu sub-types affecting humans are named with science in mind, factually and without emotion. As innocuous as the four-character combinations of the letters H, N and numbers sound, though, there is every reason to be edgy about them. With H7N9 causing deaths around China, H9N2 re-emerging after a four-year hiatus and H5N1 a constant threat, a new killer variant, H10N8, has surfaced on the mainland.

10 Feb 2014 - 2:46am

UN agency warns risk of bird flu crossing China's borders grows

There have been at least 290 confirmed human H7N9 cases and 66 deaths in the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The proliferation of the H7N9 bird flu virus among poultry in live-bird markets in Guangxi has "significantly increased the risk" it will spread to neighbouring countries, a United Nations agency warned.

7 Feb 2014 - 5:28am 1 comment

South Korea culls 2pc of poultry to curb fears of H5N8 bird flu outbreak

Soldiers are mobilised to cull poultry at a farm in Gochang, south of Seoul. Photo: EPA

South Korea has culled 2 per cent of its poultry population of 160 million to rein in the spread of bird flu, which is affecting an increasing number of farms, although there has been no human case, farm ministry officials said on Thursday.

6 Feb 2014 - 4:51pm

Guangxi boy confirmed with H7N9 virus after mother contracts bird flu

An empty poultry shop at a market in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Photo: AP

Guangxi has reported a boy contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu, a day after his mother was confirmed to have the virus. The Guangxi health bureau said the boy, aged five and from Heng county in Nanning, started coughing and had a fever on Monday and was diagnosed with the disease yesterday.

6 Feb 2014 - 4:16am 1 comment

China's poultry industry wants to hush up bird flu news in damage control bid

Vendors at the Kowloon City wet market. Photos: David Wong

China’s poultry industry leaders have asked health authorities to share less information about an outbreak of bird flu, as sales have suffered from an ever increasing death toll.

5 Feb 2014 - 1:36pm

Doctors warn of pandemic potential of the new H10N8 bird flu virus

H10N8's genetic profile is a mix of other strains, particularly H9N2. Photo: Bloomberg

A novel bird flu virus that has killed one mainlander and left another critically ill has the potential to spread efficiently among humans, doctors warn.

They say the fact that the H10N8 bug jumped to humans for the first time in December is an important warning of a possible pandemic.

6 Feb 2014 - 5:13pm 9 comments