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.  

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.

Friday, 7 February, 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

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.

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

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