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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.  

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.

Thursday, 22 August, 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

First likely case of H7N9 bird flu spread by humans reported

A lab technician tests for the H7N9 virus. Photo: EPA

The development was “worrying” and should be closely watched, Chinese researchers said, but stressed that the virus, believed to jump from birds to people, was still not adept at spreading among humans. 

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chinese H7N1 bird flu survivor gives birth to 'miracle' baby

A nurse hugs the baby girl of Qiu, the first pregnant woman in the world infected with H7N9 bird flu, in the No.1 People's Hospital of Zhenjiang, east China's Jiangsu Province. Photo: Xinhua

A Chinese woman who spent five weeks in intensive care with H7N9 bird flu has given birth to a girl in what was described as a “miracle” first, state media said on Friday.

Qiu Yan, 25, was five months pregnant when she was diagnosed with the virus in April, early in China’s human outbreak of the disease.

19 Jul 2013 - 2:24pm 1 comment

Fears in Japan over lack of natural immunity to H7N9 flu virus

A signboard regarding H7N9 bird flu near the quarantine station at Haneda international airport in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

Japan's health ministry has stepped up monitoring of the spread of the H7N9 flu virus after studies warned it could trigger a pandemic because Japanese people lack natural immunity.

14 Jul 2013 - 6:30am

Death toll from H7N9 bird flu in China hits 43

The H7N9 bird flu death toll in China has risen to 43. Photo: AP

The death toll from the H7N9 bird flu outbreak in China has risen to 43, national health authorities said in their latest monthly update on the disease.

11 Jul 2013 - 11:42pm

H7N9 is most adapted bird flu for human-to-human transmission, say experts

A lab technician tests for the H7N9 virus. Photo: EPA

They based their conclusion on the fact that the virus has caused more human infections in a shorter period than any other bird flu virus, and that it has undergone genetic changes that suggested it is better adapted to infecting humans.

2 Jul 2013 - 5:01am 2 comments

Bird flu strain has died down but experts say it is likely to return

Gabriel Leung. Photo: Nora Tam

The deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu that broke out on the mainland in February appears to have died down in recent weeks but could strike again in the autumn if it follows the pattern of the H5N1 virus, University of Hong Kong researchers warn.

They called for vigilance to be maintained.

25 Jun 2013 - 6:33am