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.  

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. 

Thursday, 29 August, 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

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.

In a study published on Monday, University of Hong Kong researchers analysed data from most of the 132 H7N9 avian influenza patients since its emergence three months ago.

29 Aug 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