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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.  

Yuen Kwok-yung - the stoic scientist soldiers on

Yuen Kwok-yung - the stoic scientist soldiers on

Long before the H7N9 novel coronavirus emerged in the mainland, University of Hong Kong microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung, along with other researchers, warned the world that if another Sars-like pandemic struck, the disease would likely come from an animal. Some even went as far as to pinpoint the bird as a carrier.

Monday, 22 April, 2013, 4:52am

The American doctor is in, to do a bird flu check-up

The American doctor is in, to do a bird flu check-up

Hong Kong is paid a visit by Dr Richard Besser, ABC News’ chief health and medical editor in the US. Other stories: Spotify, iPhone 5, smog and ArtWalk

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

18 reported dead from China bird flu

A visitor in Shanghai wears a face mask. Photo: AFP

The death toll from a new strain of bird flu in China has reached 18, with dozens infected, state-run media reported, after experts said there is no evidence so far of human-to-human transmission.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Elderly 'most at risk from H7N9 bird flu virus'

Elderly 'most at risk from bird flu virus'

New research has revealed the elderly are most at risk of contracting the H7N9 bird flu virus, but health officials are still uncertain how humans are becoming infected. The study by the Joint Influenza Research Centre of Shantou University Medical College and the University of Hong Kong in Shantou, points out that the majority of severe cases have occurred in those aged over 60.

20 Apr 2013 - 5:36am 1 comment

H7N9 flu safety starts at home

With the virus having in mere weeks infected scores and the number of fatalities well into double digits, the toll on the mainland is considerably more than that from H5N1 at a similar stage. Photo: AFP

Complacency is the biggest threat to public health. The latest bird flu strain to affect people, H7N9, is spreading on the mainland and it is only a matter of time before there are cases in Hong Kong. That could come sooner than we think. The May 1 Labour Day holidays are looming and more than the usual number of tourists, some from affected regions, are going to make their way to our city.

20 Apr 2013 - 3:23am

Bird flu warnings ahead of 'golden week' holiday invasion

Greg So has a temperature check. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The travel industry in Hong Kong has boosted precautions against the deadly H7N9 bird flu in the run-up to the "golden week" national holiday as mainland and local experts warn of possible human-to-human transmission.

19 Apr 2013 - 10:17am

False alarm quarantine gives me confidence in Hong Kong's H7N9 preparedness

Officials from the Centre for Food Safety get blood and swab samples from chickens imported from mainland China at a border checkpoint in Hong Kong April 11, 2013. Photo: EPA

These days, if you’ve been in contact with chickens or other birds or been to mainland China in the past few weeks, and you start to feel sick... well, chances are your first thoughts jump to the newest bird flu virus, H7N9. As the number of cases has increased – at last count, 82 – this virus is certainly nothing to be sneezed at, if you’ll pardon the pun.

23 Apr 2013 - 11:55am

H7N9 human transmission possible but 'highly sporadic', says health expert

The H7N9 virus strain is mainly transmitted from birds to humans, but human-to-human transmission is, in theory, possible. Photo: EPA

Long-term and unprotected exposure to the infected person might result in another human infection, said Feng Zijian, director of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) health emergency centre.

18 Apr 2013 - 2:29pm

Beijing H7N9 bird flu victim leaves hospital

A seven-year-old girl and her parents arrive home after leaving hospital in Beijing on Wednesday. Photo: Xinhua.

A seven-year-old girl who contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu left hospital on Wednesday and appeared before media in an apparent bid by health authorities to cool concerns about the deadly virus.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

40pc of bird flu victims haven't touched poultry

Doctors at the Beijing Centre of Disease Control carry out tests for the deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu. Photo: AFP

A top mainland scientist said 40 per cent of the people who have tested positive for the new, deadly strain of bird flu had no recent contact with poultry, and so it is still unclear how they contracted the virus.

18 Apr 2013 - 8:10am 1 comment

Beijing H7N9 bird flu victim leaves hospital

A girl who was tested positive for the H7N9 avian influenza virus holds a certificate awarded by the hospital to praise her performance during the treatment while attending a press briefing before leaving the Beijing Ditan Hospital in Beijing, on Wednesday. Photo: Xinhua

A seven-year-old girl who contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu left hospital on Wednesday and appeared before media in an apparent bid by health authorities to cool concerns about the deadly virus.

17 Apr 2013 - 7:14pm

Death toll hits 16 in China bird flu outbreak

Commuters protect themselves against bird flu in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

H7N9 bird flu has claimed two more lives in Shanghai, Chinese state media said, bringing the death toll from the disease to 16. China has confirmed 77 human cases of H7N9 avian influenza since announcing two weeks ago that it had found the strain in people for the first time.

17 Apr 2013 - 10:39am

Bird fanciers in Yangtze River Delta defy virus warnings

Bird cages at a teahouse on the Wushan Mountain, in Hangzhou, where local people like to walk their birds. Photo: Simon Song

Every day at dawn, bird lovers can still be seen taking their caged pets for walks in parks and lakeside areas across the Yangtze River Delta, despite the area being ground zero for the most recent avian flu outbreak.

17 Apr 2013 - 4:58am

Fast bird-flu test may not go far enough, says expert

Fast bird-flu test may not go far enough, says expert

The government's quick test for the H7N9 flu virus in imported poultry at the border may not be enough to stop infected birds entering the city, a University of Hong Kong microbiologist says.

17 Apr 2013 - 4:28am

Do we have to wait until the bird flu virus arrives?

Dr Ko Wing-man. Photo: Edward Wong

What's with this obsession about eating fresh chicken? The obsession is such that Health Secretary Dr Ko Wing-man daren't shut down wet markets with live chickens for fear that consumers and traders will go after his scalp. Mainlanders are dying from bird flu, for goodness sake. But Ko says we get our poultry from southern China, which has so far escaped the latest killer flu.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:55am 2 comments