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.  

China poultry cull urged to halt spread of bird flu

A woman handles chickens at a market stall. Photo: Felix Wong

A leading researcher has called for live-bird markets in H7N9-hit areas of the mainland to be closed and poultry culled to block the deadly virus' spread, as a study confirmed wet markets to be the "smoking gun" in the spread of the disease.

Friday, 26 April, 2013, 8:32am 1 comment

Taiwan reports first case of H7N9, in man arriving from Suzhou

A woman wears a face mask as she walks past a poster showing how to avoid the H7N9 avian influenza virus. Photo: AFP

Taiwan yesterday confirmed an H7N9 bird flu infection in a Taiwanese traveller from Suzhou - the first time the killer virus has spread from the mainland. The 53-year-old man, who is in critical condition, tested positive after returning to Taiwan via Shanghai on April 9, the island's Centre for Disease Control said. He had not been in contact with birds and poultry.

25 Apr 2013 - 11:12am

100 human H7N9 bird flu infections 'undetected'

Professor Gabriel Leung

Other than severe cases, there are usually mild cases of influenza in which the infected may not fall ill, said Professor Gabriel Leung (pictured), director of the University of Hong Kong Public Health Research Centre.

23 Apr 2013 - 8:49am

Woman gatecrashes Shanghai press conference for answers on dad with H7N9

WHO and Chinese health officials hold a press conference in Shanghai. Photo: AP

The daughter of a couple infected with the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus, one of whom has died, sneaked into a news conference held by the Shanghai government yesterday in an attempt to question senior health officials about her father's treatment.

23 Apr 2013 - 8:15am

Stop mainland China chicken imports, says Hong Kong vet

Howard Wong Kai-hay

The city should stop importing live poultry from the mainland to cut the risk of the deadly H7N9 bird flu entering Hong Kong, said the government's former top vet who is a specialist in epidemics.

22 Apr 2013 - 9:52am 2 comments

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.

22 Apr 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