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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.  

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.

Thursday, 29 August, 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

Four more die of bird flu in China, pushing toll to 31

A woman wears a face mask as she walks on an overpass in Beijing. Photo: AFP

The number to have been infected on the mainland since outbreak began in February rose to 129, with two more cases identified in Fujian.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Poultry trade may be spreading killer H7N9 virus

Poultry trade may be spreading killer H7N9 virus

Poultry workers moving between wet markets and farms are probably responsible for the wide geographical spread of the deadly new bird flu virus on the mainland, says a Hong Kong expert invited by the World Health Organisation to investigate the outbreak.

6 May 2013 - 7:06am 5 comments

HKU scientists look to take the lead on bird flu

A worker at a stall selling chickens cleans cages. Photo: Felix Wong

Despite the rush by scientists to decipher the nature of the latest outbreak of bird flu, the virus and its relatives have been under the radar of a local research team for more than a decade.

6 May 2013 - 5:00am

Time to ban import of live poultry as H7N9 continues to spread

A janitor sprays disinfectant over empty poultry stalls at a traditional market. Photo: AFP

One of Karl Marx's most famous quotes is that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.

3 May 2013 - 3:41am 2 comments

China reports another H7N9 death as WHO calls flu 'one of the most lethal'

A Chinese tourist wears a face mask at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The H7N9 strain has killed 25 people in China. Photo: AFP

The death toll from the H7N9 bird flu virus has risen to 27, state media said yesterday after a man died in Hunan province.

Neighbouring Guangdong will start cleaning up its poultry markets today. Deputy governor Lin Shaochun said yesterday that the provincial government might make some contingency public health measures permanent in prevention of bird flu diseases, Xinhua reported.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Step up bird flu tests on chickens, Hong Kong health expert urges

An official with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department holds a live chicken as another handles a blood sample for testing. Photo: Bloomberg

Blood tests for H5 bird flu are conducted on locally raised chickens and if the results are positive, a rapid test for H7 on the samples is conducted. Results for a rapid test are ready in four to five hours. But the blood samples are taken 10 days before the poultry go to the market, so there are concerns that any infection that develops in those 10 days may not be found.

1 May 2013 - 10:15am 1 comment

Reduce H7N9 human fatalities, Premier Li Keqiang tells health officials

Premier Li Keqiang talks to disease control experts. Ten more people have contracted H7N9 since Friday.

Premier Li Keqiang urged health officials to reduce the fatality rate of the H7N9 bird flu and release information to the public in a timely manner as the deadly strain spreads in southern China.

29 Apr 2013 - 10:22am 7 comments