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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.  

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.

Thursday, 9 January, 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

Hongkongers warned to avoid mainland wet markets as H10N8 bird flu kills woman

A worker disinfects a meat and vegetable market in Longgang, Shenzhen. Photo: Xinhua

A professor who had warned of the threat to humans from the H10N8 bird flu says more people are likely to be infected after the virus claimed the life of a Jiangxi woman in the first known human infection.

19 Dec 2013 - 8:11am

Jiangxi death first human case of H10N8 bird flu strain, expert says

Yuen Kwok-yung, University of Hong Kong microbiologist

Health authorities and infectious disease experts said that an elderly Jiangxi woman died earlier this month after contracting H10N8, a strain previously unknown in humans.

18 Dec 2013 - 4:22am

Second new H7N9 case in 2 days hits Guangdong

A man walks out of the fever clinic of the First Affiliated Hospital of College of Medicine of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Photo: Xinhua

A 65-year-old mainland woman was in critical condition after being diagnosed with the deadly H7N9 bird flu strain, Guangdong health authorities announced last night.

17 Dec 2013 - 3:51am 1 comment

Dongguan man diagnosed with deadly H7N9 bird flu

Dongguan man diagnosed with deadly H7N9 bird flu

A 39-year-old Dongguan man is in critical condition after being diagnosed with the deadly H7N9 bird flu strain, Guangdong health authorities announced.

16 Dec 2013 - 4:24am

Shenzhen poultry markets shut down amid H7N9 bird flu fears

The scene at a poultry market in Longgang, Shenzhen. The Hong Kong government insists it is taking sufficient action to protect the city against bird flu. Photo: David Wong

Health authorities ordered the closure yesterday of two Shenzhen wet markets where the deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu was detected. The wet markets are in the border city's Longgang district. Today all poultry markets there will be closed for disinfecting.

13 Dec 2013 - 3:01am

Trading continues as usual at Shenzhen wet markets despite discovery of H7N9 virus

Trading of live chicken has continued at the stall where two samples had tested positive for the deadly virus. Photo: EPA

Trading of live chicken continued at the poultry stall at Shenzhen’s Kangqiao market until 9am on Thursday, where two samples had been tested positive for H7N9 bird flu virus.

12 Dec 2013 - 3:00pm

H7N9 bird flu has 'unusual' ability to resist antiviral drug Tamiflu: study

No sign H7N9 is spreading easily among humans: Yuen Kwok-yung

A new US study has found that the deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu has an "unusual" ability to resist Tamiflu - a key treatment drug - without losing any of its ability to spread in mammals.

12 Dec 2013 - 5:54am

H7N9 virus detected at two Shenzhen wet markets after Hong Kong cases

Hong Kong has banned poultry imports from Shenzhen in the wake of the H7N9 bird flu scare. Photo: Dustin Shum

Samples from two Shenzhen wet markets have tested positive for the H7N9 bird flu virus that has infected two people in Hong Kong.

12 Dec 2013 - 5:37am