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  • Sep 23, 2014
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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.  

First H7N9 found on Chinese poultry farm

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.

Friday, 21 March, 2014, 4:13am

Ban on Chinese live poultry extended for four months

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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