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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.  

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.

Thursday, 12 December, 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

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

Poultry market closures halt bird flu, says Hong Kong study

The closure of 780 live poultry markets in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Huzhou and Nanjing in April reduced the daily number of H7N9 infections by more than 97 per cent. Photo: David Wong

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 develop bird flu vaccine

Chinese scientists have independently developed a vaccine for the H7N9 bird flu virus. Photo: EPA

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

Scientists envision a possible new epidemic wave of bird flu

A woman handles poultry at a market stall. Photo: Felix Wong

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

New China H7N9 strain gives kick to mutant bird flu research

Dutch scientists are seeking to create mutant flu viruses to prepare the world for a lethal pandemic by beating nature to it. Photo: Reuters

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

Disease expert warns of bird flu outbreak as winter approaches

Dr Zhong Nanshan. Photo: SCMP

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