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.
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.Monday, 10 February, 2014, 2:46am
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 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 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 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
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
Three Chinese people have died of the H7N9 bird flu, the state news agency Xinhua said on Tuesday, adding to a spike in cases this year.
Two men, aged 76 and 52, died in southern Guangdong province on Monday, while a third patient passed away in eastern Jiangsu province on Saturday, Xinhua said in separate reports, citing provincial health authorities.4 Feb 2014 - 7:25pm
Live poultry from the mainland might be kept at a site near the border until they are confirmed to be free of the bird flu virus to avoid cross-infection with local birds, the health minister said.3 Feb 2014 - 3:59am 1 comment
A six-year-old local boy living in Shenzhen has become the youngest Hongkonger to be infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus. The Centre for Health Protection said the boy developed flu symptoms on January 27 and was given medicine by his family. He visited Hong Kong the next day with his mother and four relatives.2 Feb 2014 - 4:14am
Hong Kong's death toll from the H7N9 strain of bird flu rose to three yesterday when the virus claimed the life a 75-year-old man who recently spent a week living near a poultry market in Shenzhen.30 Jan 2014 - 1:03pm
Lawmakers accused Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying of being insensitive to stricken chicken farmers by urging Hongkongers to consider ending their tradition of buying live poultry for cooking.29 Jan 2014 - 3:37pm 3 comments
A family cluster of H7N9 bird flu cases has been reported in Zhejiang where both parents and their daughter contracted the disease, bringing mainland China’s total number of the confirmed cases this month to 110, Xinhua News Agency reported.29 Jan 2014 - 5:08pm
The Lunar New Year will not be the same without chicken for the traditional family feast. For many Hongkongers, that is a disappointing start to the season, but it is an inevitability now that 20,000 chickens have been culled to prevent the spread of bird flu.29 Jan 2014 - 3:35pm 2 comments
Authorities in eastern China announced a ban on Tuesday on live poultry sales following a spike in the number of people infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu, with the busy Chinese New Year travel period already under way.28 Jan 2014 - 7:42pm
The chief executive's suggestion - sure to upset those who say birds bought live taste better than chilled or frozen ones - came as 20,000 chickens were being culled after one from the mainland was found with the H7N1 flu virus on Monday.29 Jan 2014 - 10:08am 8 comments