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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 bird flu kills about a third hospitalised patients, study finds

A girl, who was previously infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus, leaves a Beijing hospital in April. Photo: Reuters

The H7N9 bird flu that hit China this year killed over a third of hospitalised patients, putting the severity of the infection between swine flu and the H5N1 avian virus, said researchers on Monday.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Taiwan reports first human case of H6N1 bird flu to world health body

Dr Ho Pak-leung. Photo: SCMP

Taiwan reported the world's first human case of H6N1 bird flu infection yesterday but appealed for calm, saying no sign of human-to-human transmission had been detected.

The patient, a 20-year-old woman who worked at a breakfast shop in Changhua county, central Taiwan, was admitted to hospital on May 8 with a high fever and respiratory problems, health officials said.

22 Jun 2013 - 4:57am

H7N9 outbreak may be over, but pall of suspicion hangs over Shanghai

H7N9 outbreak may be over, but pall of suspicion hangs over Shanghai

No new cases of H7N9 bird flu have been confirmed in Shanghai since the middle of last month, but many residents are still worried about eating chicken and pork.

Cold-processed poultry meat has now been allowed back on the market following the removal of an alert and many Shanghai residents believe live poultry markets will reopen soon.

1 Jun 2013 - 4:20am

Some bird flu patients resistant to only available H7N9 drug

Nurses leave a bird flu isolation unit at a hospital in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

Laboratory tests have revealed resistance in some H7N9 bird flu patients to the only available treatment, said virologists who unveiled “concerning” study results on Tuesday. Three out of 14 patients monitored at a clinic in Shanghai had a genetically-mutated version of the virus that makes it drug resistant, a team of researchers in China wrote in the journal The Lancet.

29 May 2013 - 10:55am 1 comment

H7N9 bird flu and swine flu can 'combine and mutate'

Professor Guan Yi (left). Photo: Nora Tam

The H7N9 bird flu virus may combine with the swine flu and mutate into a new virus strain, a University of Hong Kong research team warns.

25 May 2013 - 5:41am

H7N9 bird flu found to spread through the air

Chickens are sold at a a live poultry stall in Kowloon City wet market. Photo: Edward Wong

The H7N9 bird flu virus can be transmitted not only through close contact but by airborne exposure, a team at the University of Hong Kong found after extensive laboratory experiments. Though the virus appears to have been brought under control recently, the researchers urged the Hong Kong authorities to maintain strict surveillance, which should include not only poultry but humans and pigs.

24 May 2013 - 5:50am 4 comments

H7N9 bird flu appears contained, UN health experts say

Chinese Health Mininster Li Bin. Photo: Xinhua

The H7N9 virus appears to have been brought under control in China largely due to restrictions at bird markets, but caused some US$6.5 billion in losses to the economy, UN experts said.

Health authorities worldwide must be on the lookout to detect the virus, which could still develop the ability to spread easily among humans and cause a deadly influenza pandemic, the experts said.

23 May 2013 - 5:01am

World not ready for mass flu outbreak, says WHO

WHO deputy chief Keiji Fukuda. Photo: AFP

The world is unprepared for a massive virus outbreak, the deputy chief of the World Health Organisation warned on Tuesday, amid fears that H7N9 bird flu striking China could morph into a form that spreads easily among people.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

No new H7N9 cases in China for a week

WHO head Margaret Chan urged caution on Monday at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. “Influenza viruses constantly reinvent themselves. No one can predict the future course of this outbreak," she said. Photo: AP

No new human cases of the H7N9 virus have been recorded in China for a week, national health authorities said, for the first time since the outbreak began in March.

One previously infected patient died in the week beginning between May 13, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a statement late on Monday, taking the total number of fatalities from the virus to 36.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Poultry farms may be H7N9 source, study finds

Poultry farms might be the source of the H7N9 virus. Photo: Xinhua

The study, compiled after a week-long field assessment of the influenza by a panel of experts commissioned by the WHO, was publicised by the National Health and Family Planning Commission yesterday.

19 May 2013 - 6:12am

Death toll from new bird flu in China rises to 36

Two nurses walk in front of building A3 at an isolation hospital in southwest Shanghai. Photo: AFP

Four more people in China have died from a new strain of bird flu, bringing the death toll from the H7N9 virus to 36 from 131 confirmed cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.

18 May 2013 - 11:55am

China bird flu devastates Shanghai family

Relatives of Kelly Gu walk through the grounds of an isolation hospital in southwest Shanghai, where Gu's father lies critically ill with H7N9 bird flu. Photo: AFP

The virus has already killed her mother, and Kelly Gu’s father lies critically ill with H7N9 bird flu in a Shanghai hospital bed – the only couple both infected in China’s outbreak of the disease.

As her mother lay dying Gu was urgently summoned back to Shanghai from her doctoral studies in chemistry in France, but she was too late, missing the chance to say goodbye by a day.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Warmer weather may be curbing spread of bird flu in China

A 31-year-old woman waves as she leaves a hospital in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, after making a full recovery from the H7N9 bird flu virus. Photo: Xinhua

Government measures and favourable weather may be limiting the spread of a deadly new bird flu, as the number of reported cases has dropped sharply this month, say health experts.

16 May 2013 - 4:43am

Bird flu adds to KFC's China woes

KFC on the mainland is hit by consumer fears and failure to change.

Can Colonel Sanders win back Chinese diners? Yum Brand reported that same-store sales on the mainland plunged 29 per cent last month as concerns about the safety of its chicken and the spread of bird flu prompted customers to stay away from its KFC restaurants.

15 May 2013 - 4:01am 1 comment

Yum reels as avian flu eases

A woman, wearing a mask, rides her bicycle past a KFC restaurant in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters

Embattled hoteliers and restaurant operators whose businesses have been hit by China's H7N9 bird flu outbreak are finally getting some relief with Shanghai's formal cancellation of its bird flu emergency after the city went three weeks without any new cases.

13 May 2013 - 11:31am