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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 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.

Tuesday, 28 January, 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

Hong Kong and Guangdong each confirm a new case of H7N9 bird flu

Officials cull poultry in Zhuji, Zhejiang. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong health chiefs announced that a 65-year-old man who travelled to Shenzhen's Luohu district on January 1 and returned home to Hong Kong the next day was in a critical condition at Queen Mary Hospital. Meanwhile, officials in Guangdong confirmed that a 51-year-old woman had contracted the disease in Foshan, a city of 7.2 million people near Guangzhou.

9 Jan 2014 - 4:26am

Hong Kong sees first case of H9N2 avian flu in four years

Health authorities have confirmed a rare case of H9N2 avian flu human infection in Hong Kong. Photo: EPA

An 86-year-old Hongkonger living in Shenzhen has become infected with the H9N2 strain of bird flu - Hong Kong's first human case of the virus strain in four years.

31 Dec 2013 - 2:55am 4 comments

Guangdong slow to apply lessons learnt on bird flu

Disinfectant powder is seen around chicken cages at a live poultry market in Longgang district, Shenzhen. Photo: Xinhua

Following the recent news of more bird flu cases in Guangdong - two of them Hong Kong residents who contracted the disease in Shenzhen -authorities in the province appear to be making serious efforts to contain the outbreak.

28 Dec 2013 - 6:36am

80-year-old becomes first victim of H7N9 bird flu to die in Hong Kong

80-year-old becomes first victim of H7N9 bird flu to die in Hong Kong

An 80-year-old man yesterday became the first person infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu to die in Hong Kong.

27 Dec 2013 - 3:09am 1 comment

Chicken off festival menu for many

Shoppers were steering clear of live chickens yesterday at wet markets like this one in Kowloon City. Photo: David Wong

Chicken was absent from many local dinner tables last night as Hongkongers celebrated winter solstice, with wet market vendors complaining of a drop in sales because of bird flu fears.

23 Dec 2013 - 5:40am

Risk of bird flu epidemic low, scientist says

A worker cleans a poultry market in Guangdong after traces of bird flu virus were found. Photo: Xinhua

Dr Zhong Nanshan said the number of people infected was small and previous serious flu outbreaks had affected a higher percentage of more vulnerable groups like the elderly.

23 Dec 2013 - 4:48am

Two more H7N9 bird flu cases linked to Shenzhen's Longgang district

The Puji poultry wholesale market in Longgang district, Shenzhen. Photo: David Wong

Three patients who have contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu had visited the Longgang district of Shenzhen, including the latest case announced yesterday, mainland health authorities said.

20 Dec 2013 - 6:49am