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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 spreads in China in 'sporadic, unconnected way'

Nurses collect blood samples at a fever clinic at Beijing's Ditan Hospital, where a girl is being treated for H7N9. Photo: AP

The deadly new strain of bird flu has spread further on the mainland, with two people in Henan province confirmed yesterday as infected with H7N9, the first cases in the region.

Monday, 15 April, 2013, 7:01am 1 comment

Hong Kong should reconsider ban on live poultry stalls

A vendor weighs a live chicken at the Kowloon City Market. Photo: Bloomberg

It was not long ago that banning the sale of live poultry in our markets and moving to a system of central slaughtering was seen as necessary to protect us from deadly infectious diseases. The government finally decided that reduced risk made the idea politically expendable and shelved it. Then-health minister York Chow Yat-ngok said at the time that the decision was not necessarily permanent, as the virus itself and the risk could change.

14 Apr 2013 - 2:15am 1 comment

Seven-year-old girl confirmed as Beijing's first bird flu case

Journalists take pictures and videos of a screen showing the seven-year-old girl officials at Ditan Hospital confirmed as suffering from the H7N9 bird flu strain. Photo: Reuters

A seven-year-old Beijing girl was confirmed as having H7N9 bird flu yesterday - the first time it has been found beyond Shanghai and neighbouring provinces.

14 Apr 2013 - 5:31am

Guangzhou's Sars memorial should be a monument to truth

Guangzhou's Sars memorial should be a monument to truth

While people in the Yangtze River Delta are grappling with H7N9 bird flu cases, there is a move afoot in the Pearl River Delta to build a monument to mark the 10th anniversary of the battle against the Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak.

13 Apr 2013 - 4:54am

Who said it?

HKU microbiologist Professor Yuen Kwok-yung

At the moment, there is no need to be overly worried

HKU microbiologist Professor Yuen Kwok-yung on bird flu


The information was sourced from relevant reports on the internet, which were groundless

Mainland Customs spokesman Zheng Yuesheng on giving incorrect data to the media


13 Apr 2013 - 3:21am

Hospitals can cope with bird flu outbreak

Professor Yuen Kwok-yung. Photo: David Wong

The plans cover procedures for isolating patients, dispensing medicine and deploying doctors and nurses. Private doctors or retired nursing staff might be called in to help at government hospitals if needed, according to Hospital Authority director Dr Cheung Wai-lun.

13 Apr 2013 - 5:41am

China reports new H7N9 bird flu death, new infections

Local residents walk past bird flu prevention banners at a residential area in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu province, on Friday. Photo: Xinhua

Another person died from a new strain of bird flu in China on Friday, state media said, bringing to 11 the number of deaths from the H7N9 virus.

13 Apr 2013 - 1:40am

H7N9 infected birds will migrate to Pearl River Delta, says microbiologist

University of Hong Kong microbiologist Professor Yuen Kwok-yung. Photo: David Wong

Hong Kong has to be vigilant against the new H7N9 strain of avian flu later this year when migratory birds head south from northern parts of China for the winter, says a Hong Kong microbiologist.

13 Apr 2013 - 10:31am

H7N9 vaccine could take many months, US health experts warn

Birds are tested for the H7N9 bird flu strain. Photo: SCMP

US public health experts said developing a vaccine for the H7N9 strain of bird flu could take “many months”, as China seeks to control an outbreak which had killed 11 people by Friday.

12 Apr 2013 - 11:35pm

New technology speeding up progress on bird flu vaccine

New technology is speeding up progress on bird flu vaccine. Photo: Reuters

Even as US officials this week awaited the arrival of a sample of the new bird flu virus from China - typically the first step in making a flu vaccine - government-backed researchers had already begun testing a “seed” strain of the virus made from the genetic code posted on the Internet.

12 Apr 2013 - 2:43pm

Bird flu seen as curb on inflation

A breeder in Zhejiang province takes stock as he sits with his chickens, which he says have not been infected by the virus. Photo: Reuters

The H7N9 bird flu outbreak has already had an impact on stocks of firms in expected sectors, such as restaurants, and unexpected ones, including carmakers. Now the new strain of avian flu, which has killed 10 people, is being seen as an effective antidote to food price inflation.

12 Apr 2013 - 5:59am

Flu toll rises amid concerns H7N9 has resistance to Tamiflu, Relenza

Production of drugs recommended for the treatment of influenza has been stepped up. Photo: Reuters

The H7N9 bird flu virus claimed another life yesterday and five more people were confirmed to have contracted it. That brings to 38 the number of cases confirmed by mainland authorities since the first on March 31, with 10 dead.

12 Apr 2013 - 9:58am

Testing begins on live poultry imports

A chicken is tested for the H7N9 virus at Man Kam To Animal Inspection Station yesterday. Photo: Felix Wong

The city began testing imported live poultry for the H7N9 virus yesterday in response to the outbreak on the mainland which has killed 10 people. In addition to the regular tests for the H5 virus, imported live poultry will now be subjected to the H7 rapid test before being sold, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said.

12 Apr 2013 - 6:01am

Government should warn against travel to flu-stricken mainland China areas

People wear masks to protect themselves from bird flu on a street. Photo: AFP

Rules and systems are built on core values respected and cherished by most Hongkongers. Unfortunately, judging from the way the government has been handling the issue of travel alerts recently, we seem to have become a city that is more controlled by leaders than guided by a proper system.

12 Apr 2013 - 3:12am 4 comments

China death toll hits 10 in H7N9 bird flu outbreak

New checks have come into effect at Man Kam To Animal Inspection Station on live poultry being brought into Hong Kong. Photo: Felix Wong

The death toll from H7N9 bird flu in China reached 10 on Thursday with another victim in Shanghai, as China confirmed 38 human cases of H7N9 avian influenza after announcing on March 31 that it had found the strain in people for the first time.

12 Apr 2013 - 12:25pm