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  • Sep 23, 2014
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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.  

Chicken off festival menu for many

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.

Monday, 23 December, 2013, 5:40am

Risk of bird flu epidemic low, scientist says

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

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 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

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 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

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

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 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

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