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H7N9

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. 

Reduce H7N9 human fatalities, Premier Li Keqiang tells health officials

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.

Monday, 29 April, 2013, 10:22am 7 comments

Fears in Hong Kong and Guangdong as H7N9 virus hits Hunan

A 64-year-old woman from Shaoyang in Hunan province was diagnosed with H7N9 bird flu yesterday, sparking fears that the virus might soon emerge in Guangdong and Hong Kong.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China poultry cull urged to halt spread of bird flu

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.

26 Apr 2013 - 8:32am 1 comment

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

18 reported dead from China bird flu

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

Beijing H7N9 bird flu victim leaves hospital

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

China media urge eating poultry despite bird flu

China’s poultry industry lost 10 billion yuan (US$1.6 billion) in the week after the H7N9 bird flu virus began infecting humans, state-run media said on Monday as they sought to discourage panic.

Altogether 60 people have been confirmed as infected and 13 have died in the two weeks since Chinese authorities said they found the strain in humans for the first time.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Hong Kong should reconsider ban on live poultry stalls

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

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

Letters to the Editor, April 12, 2013

I welcome the promising seven-year clean-air plan released by the government, especially the proposal for low-emission zones for franchised buses. However, the range should be expanded to private cars too.

12 Apr 2013 - 3:12am 1 comment

China bird flu threatens KFC parent Yum’s winning streak

KFC parent Yum Brands warned that a new bird flu outbreak in China badly hit restaurant sales there this month, even as the company also reported a sharper-than-expected slide in March sales in the country caused by the lingering impact of a separate food safety scare.

11 Apr 2013 - 11:32pm

Bird flu cure claim sparks rush for herbal root

Amid growing panic over the new strain of bird flu, some mainland officials have prescribed a surprising solution: hot brews of a root called ban lan gen.

11 Apr 2013 - 5:44am

Nanjing orders livestock cull to stem spread of H7N9 virus

Residents of Nanjing, Jiangsu province, are now banned from raising livestock as health authorities yesterday confirmed that five more people have contracted the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus in the Yangtze River Delta.

11 Apr 2013 - 5:31am 2 comments

Shanghai stifled flu 'rumours' in early days, says report

A report said censors had shut down internet talk after the first few deaths from the virus but before a national lab confirmed H7N9 as a new strain of bird flu, weeks later.

10 Apr 2013 - 12:33pm 3 comments

H7N9 may mutate 8 times faster than regular flu

The new bird flu could be mutating up to eight times faster than an average flu virus around a protein that binds it to humans, a team of research scientists in Shenzhen says.

10 Apr 2013 - 12:24pm