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.
Samples from two Shenzhen wet markets have tested positive for the H7N9 bird flu virus that has infected two people in Hong Kong.Thursday, 12 December, 2013, 5:37am
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
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'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Closing live poultry markets, though a huge economic setback, is a sure-fire way of curbing the deadly H7N9 bird flu in case of an outbreak, disease control researchers said on Thursday.31 Oct 2013 - 3:07pm 2 comments
Chinese scientists have independently developed a vaccine for the H7N9 bird flu virus - a bug that has killed at least 45 people since March - and could be ready to launch it in six months, a research team spokesman said.28 Oct 2013 - 10:05am 1 comment
Fresh human cases in eastern China of a deadly new strain of bird flu signal the potential for "a new epidemic wave" of the disease in coming winter months, scientists say.26 Oct 2013 - 3:54am
Dutch scientists hidden away in a top-security laboratory are seeking to create mutant flu viruses, dangerous work designed to prepare the world for a lethal pandemic by beating nature to it.
The idea of engineering viral pathogens to be more deadly than they are already has generated huge controversy, amid fears that such viruses could leak out or fall into the wrong hands.23 Oct 2013 - 6:13pm
A top mainland respiratory disease expert has urged Hong Kong to remain vigilant over the deadly H7N9 bird flu as it was "unpredictable" and could cause an outbreak in winter.
Chinese Academy of Sciences fellow Dr Zhong Nanshan said Hong Kong should maintain its current early-diagnosis strategy in order to prevent a spread if there was an infection case.18 Oct 2013 - 5:52am