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.  

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.

Thursday, 31 October, 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

Zhejiang reports first case of H7N9 avian flu since April

A woman, wearing a mask, rides past a KFC restaurant in Shanghai April 11, 2013.

A new case of H7N9 has been reported in Zhejiang province, Zhejiang health authorities announced on Tuesday.

16 Oct 2013 - 2:05pm

Scientists discover new bird flu virus ‘worse than H7N9’

Professor Guan Yi. Photo: Nora Tam

Hong Kong scientists studying the H7N9 bird flu virus said they had discovered another H7-type virus lurking in chickens in China.

22 Aug 2013 - 8:46am 5 comments

Vigilance the best defence against bird flu

A case of H7N9 has been confirmed in Huizhou, a city just 95 kilometres away from Hong Kong. Photo: Felix Wong

H7N9, the bird flu strain that has health officials on edge, is now on Hong Kong's doorstep. A confirmed case in the Guangdong city of Huizhou , just 95 kilometres away, brings the inevitability of infections nearer. Precautionary checks of wet markets and people and poultry crossing from the mainland have been in place since March. Our government is doing its part to stave off the spread of a worrisome virus, but we also have an important role to play by using common sense and being vigilant.

22 Aug 2013 - 2:42am

H7N9 flu harder to control and spreads faster than other strains

Professor Yuen Kwok-yung. Photo: David Wong

The bug - which infected 130 people on the mainland in March and April, killing more than 40 - may derive its speed from being more readily transmitted from birds to humans than other strains, including H5N1.

20 Aug 2013 - 10:32am

H7N9 bird flu may be spread through human faeces, research suggests

The H7N9 virus was first identified in eastern China, with the first known human case reported in March. Photos: EPA, AP

The H7N9 bird flu that emerged on the mainland in March may be spreading through human faeces, as university researchers found the virus in the stools of four out of six people killed by the bug in Zhejiang .

15 Aug 2013 - 8:15am 8 comments

Woman with H7N9 bird flu dies in Beijing, bringing fatalities to 45

The fever clinic at Ditan Hospita in Beijing. The latest death of a woman from Hebei province was at Chaoyang Hospital. Photo: AP

A Chinese woman infected with the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus died of multiple organ failure, a Beijing hospital said, bringing the total fatalities from the disease to 45.

The 61-year-old tested positive for the virus on July 20 after she fell ill in Hebei province in northern China.

13 Aug 2013 - 1:09pm

No need yet for ban on live poultry from China, says expert - yet disease still spreading

Dr Zhong Nanshan. Photo: Martin Chan

A top mainland respiratory disease expert rejected the need for a ban on live poultry shipments to Hong Kong to prevent the spread of H7N9 yesterday after Guangdong confirmed its first human case of the bird flu strain last week.

13 Aug 2013 - 8:38am 4 comments

Guangdong case of H7N9 bird flu is confirmed as Hong Kong remains alert

A chicken is tested for the H7N9 virus in Hong Kong in April. Photo: Felix Wong

A poultry worker was confirmed as having contracted the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus, health officials said, the first case in the southern Guangdong province as nearby Hong Kong remained on alert.

The 51-year-old woman is in critical condition after she was admitted to hospital on August 3 following signs of a fever, the Guangdong Provincial Health Department said on Saturday.

11 Aug 2013 - 3:03pm

Suspected bird flu in Guangdong puts Hong Kong on alert

Epidemic prevention workers disinfect a live poultry market in Langfang, Hebei province. Photo: Xinhua

Hong Kong may see its first H7N9 human infection within months now that a suspected case has emerged across the border in Guangdong province, the Centre for Health Protection says.

10 Aug 2013 - 4:34am 1 comment

Scientists propose creating super strains of H7N9 bird flu virus

Scientists propose creating super strains of H7N9 bird flu virus

A group of scientists are proposing to conduct controversial experiments on the new H7N9 bird flu virus that may involve creating more potent strains to examine how they might spread among humans.

9 Aug 2013 - 3:56am 4 comments