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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.  

China reports three new H7N9 bird flu deaths, toll hits 25

Health officials cull ducks in Zhuji, Zhejiang province. Photo: Reuters

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.

Tuesday, 4 February, 2014, 7:25pm

Mainland China's poultry may be quarantined at border

Dr Ko Wing-man

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

Hong Kong boy, 6, living in Shenzhen tests positive for H7N9 bird flu virus

Lo Wu checkpoint

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

Elderly man latest to die in Hong Kong after contracting H7N9 bird flu

The case came shortly after Hong Kong culled live chickens and suspended sales of live poultry in wet markets.

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

Leung Chun-ying under fire for urging Hongkongers to stop buying live chicken

Hong Kong health officials approach a wet market on Tuesday.

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

Family cluster of bird flu cases brings China’s total H7N9 infections to 110

A bird flu cull in Hong Kong. China now has 100 confirmed cases. Photo: Felix Wong

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

For health's sake, Hong Kong must ban live chicken imports

Health workers in full protective gear pick up chickens that were suffocated by carbon dioxide in Cheung Sha Wan Wholesale Poultry Market.

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

China halts poultry trading after new H7N9 bird flu cases

Authorities in eastern China have banned live poultry sales after an increase in the number of people infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu. Photo: AP

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

Sale of live chickens may be banned to protect Hong Kong, says CY Leung

Dr. Ko Wing-man, the health secretary (inset), ordered health officers (above) to dispose of the culled chickens at the Cheung Sha Wan poultry wholesale market on Tuesday morning. Photo: Lo Wei

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

Hong Kong bans live chicken sales after bird flu case in market

A chicken trader's truck stopped by police near Government House. Photo: Nora Tam

The government yesterday banned the sale of live chickens for three weeks and is preparing to cull 20,000 birds at the wholesale market in Cheung Sha Wan today.

28 Jan 2014 - 5:56am 4 comments

Beijing ‘downgrades’ H7N9 bird flu description as new cases spike

China has reportedly downgraded H7N9 bird flu in humans, dropping its description as 'infectious' in new guidelines on how to deal with the disease. Photo: AP

China has reportedly downgraded H7N9 bird flu in humans, dropping its description as “infectious” in new guidelines on how to deal with the disease, even as new cases spike with the onset of winter.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission described it as a “communicable acute respiratory disease” in its 2014 diagnosis and treatment protocols.

27 Jan 2014 - 4:22pm

H7N9 bird flu strain is at peak: Chinese official

Health officials transport sacks of poultry as part of preventive measures against the H7N9 bird flu at a poultry market in Zhuji. A senior Chinese disease control official warned the H7N9 strain of bird flu had peaked again since last December. Photo: Reuters

A senior Chinese disease control official has warned the H7N9 strain of bird flu had peaked again since last December following three recently reported deaths from the disease, the Beijing News reported on Monday.

21 Jan 2014 - 5:05pm

Shanghai doctor, 31, becomes first medical professional to die from H7N9 bird flu virus

Health officials in protective suits put a goose into a sack as part of preventive measures against the H7N9 bird flu. Photo: Reuters

A surgeon in Shanghai has become the first health care worker killed by the H7N9 bird flu, raising fears that the virus can spread from person to person.

21 Jan 2014 - 6:05am

Two more people have H7N9 bird flu in Guangdong

Two more people have H7N9 bird flu in Guangdong

Two more cases of people infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu have been reported in Guangdong, according to a statement from the provincial centre of disease control and prevention.

13 Jan 2014 - 7:10am

Health chief says it's possible more Hongkongers have H7N9 bird flu

Health Secretary Dr Ko Wing-man warned that H7N9 virus could be more active in winter. Photo: May Tse

Food and Health Secretary Dr Ko Wing-man on Thursday did not out the possibility that more Hongkongers might be have the deadly H7N9 virus after a Hong Kong patient came down with the avian flu following a mainland trip.

9 Jan 2014 - 4:55pm 3 comments