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.  

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.

Monday, 16 December, 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

Tests for bird flu negative, says Shenzhen

Tests for bird flu negative, says Shenzhen

Shenzhen authorities say tests carried out since two cases of H7N9 bird flu surfaced in Hong Kong have proved negative. Forty-six people in Shenzhen who came into contact with Hong Kong's second H7N9 flu patient and samples from two markets close to where the man lives have tested negative.

10 Dec 2013 - 6:39am

19 isolated after contact with man in Hong Kong's second bird flu case

Ko Wing-man, Secretary for Food and Health. Photo: Sam Tsang

They include 13 Tuen Mun Hospital patients who were being cared for in beds close to the 80-year-old man when he was initially admitted to hospital for diabetes and heart failure. Five of the man's relatives and the taxi driver who took him from the Shenzhen Bay border post to the hospital make up the rest of the group.

8 Dec 2013 - 6:26am

Hong Kong sees second case of H7N9 bird flu in a week

Steps are being taken to stop the flu spreading. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong's second case of the deadly H7N9 flu virus inside a week was confirmed last night. An 80-year-old Hong Kong man, who now lives in Shenzhen, was in a stable condition in Princess Margaret Hospital's isolation unit.

7 Dec 2013 - 8:55am

Travellers to Hong Kong tested for bird flu but it's business as usual in Shenzhen

Three patients are taken from Princess Margaret Hospital to be held in isolation at a Sai Kung holiday village last night. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong has stepped up border checks on travellers as part of a contingency plan after an Indonesian domestic helper who slaughtered and cooked a chicken on a trip to Shenzhen was confirmed as the first local case of the fatal H7N9 strain of bird flu.

5 Dec 2013 - 11:50am 1 comment

Vigilance the key to containing H7N9 bird flu virus

Staffs of Palatiat Coast in Tuen Mun sterilise the area as an Indonesian domestic worker in the housing estate is in a critical condition after confirmed as the first case of H7N9 bird flu in Hong Kong.

Ever since the H7N9 flu virus hit the region in March, the risk of human infection in Hong Kong has inevitably increased. Despite an array of precautionary measures put in place, it was only a matter of time before the bird flu reached our doorstep. 

4 Dec 2013 - 9:27am 1 comment

17 people in isolation amid scare over Hong Kong's first H7N9 bird flu case

Hygiene workers sterilise areas of the Palatial Coast estate in Tuen Mun, where infected domestic worker Tri Mawarti lived. Photo: Sam Tsang

Seventeen people are in isolation after coming into contact with an Indonesian domestic helper who is the first person in Hong Kong to be infected with the deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu.

They are among more than 200 people who have been placed under observation as a precaution, the Centre for Health Protection said yesterday.

4 Dec 2013 - 2:36pm 3 comments

Germ warfare: Hong Kong’s never-ending fight against viruses

An electron microscope image of the Mers virus, which appears to be more deadly than Sars. Photos: AP; AFP; David Wong; Corbis; Martin Chan; Edward Wong

Since the fatal outbreak of Sars in 2003, Hong Kong has been battling to keep a succession of diseases at bay. Sarah Lazarus examines the readiness of the city’s defences against ever-evolving strains of viruses.

2 Jun 2015 - 3:48pm

Wet market stays open despite bird flu case

Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man

Guangdong will not close a wet market near where a three-year-old boy is confirmed this week to have contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu, because authorities have to meet "the public's need to eat fresh chicken", a provincial health official says.

9 Nov 2013 - 6:35am

Fourth case of H7N9 bird flu confirmed in China in 3 weeks

Fourth case of H7N9 bird flu confirmed in 3 weeks

A new human case of H7N9 bird flu has been confirmed in Zhejiang province, the fourth on the mainland in three weeks, but scientists said it was too early to know whether they represented a major outbreak.

7 Nov 2013 - 4:06am

Poultry market closures best way to slow spread of H7N9, study finds

A notice alongside empty cages says the poultry stalls at a Shanghai market are closed. Photo: AFP

A group of Hong Kong and mainland researchers have concluded that closing live poultry markets all but eliminates the risk of human infection from H7N9 and is the most effective measure to control the deadly bird flu.

1 Nov 2013 - 4:08am