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. 

Shanghai considers permanent ban on sale of live poultry

A notice alongside empty cages says the poultry stalls at a Shanghai market are closed. Photo: AFP

Authorities said yesterday the virus had claimed its eighth and ninth victims - an 83-year-old man from Suzhou , Jiangsu , who died a week after testing positive for the virus, and a 35-year-old woman from Chuzhou, Anhui.

Wednesday, 10 April, 2013, 5:45am 2 comments

China bird flu ‘devastates’ poultry business

A health worker sprays disinfectant at a closed live poultry trade market in Wuhan, Hebei province. Photo: Xinhua

China’s deadly bird flu outbreak has dealt a “devastating” blow to the nation’s poultry sector, an industry group said on Tuesday, with sales reportedly plunging amid concerns over food safety.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Shanghai boy infected with H7N9 flu 'basically recovered'

A Chinese health worker traps pigeons at a park in Shanghai, for culling. Photo: AFP

Shanghai said the four-year-old boy was in “good condition" in what is the first reported recovery from the new strain of avian flu.

8 Apr 2013 - 7:19pm

Faster test to detect H7N9 virus in Hong Kong chicken

A live chicken stall at the Kowloon City wet market. Photo: Edward Wong

All live chicken in Hong Kong – including those being raised locally or imported from the mainland on a daily basis – should undergo the test before being sold to consumers, the health minister said on Monday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

PLA officer calls H7N9 virus a US 'bio-psychological weapon'

In response to the backlash, Dai Xu posted: "Now, a group of fake American devils are attacking me", accompanied by a photo of a soldier in attack mode. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A senior military official has caused an outrage among netizens for calling the current avian flu outbreak in mainland China an American conspiracy and belittling a string of deaths from the virus.  

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Provinces react to stumbling pork prices and supermarkets abroad restrict milk powder sale

Business administration officers check dairy products in a supermarket in Rizhao, in east China's Shandong province. Photo: AP

H7N9Dahe Daily* Experts advise against excessive consumption of Chinese tradition medicine banlangen. (Background)

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Three new cases bring China's H7N9 tally to 21, with 6 dead

A teacher at an elementary school in Jinan, capital of Shandong province, instructs a pupil yesterday on the proper way to wear a mask. The elementary school was offering a class on how to prevent bird flu as health authorities on the mainland took more steps to cope with an increasing number of H7N9 bird flu cases. Photo: Xinhua

The cases in Shanghai were a 59-year-old man from Anhui, who was in serious condition, and a 67-year-old Shanghai native, who was in stable condition. The Anhui case was a 55-year-old man from Haozhou who slaughtered and sold poultry. They bring the national tally of cases to 21, six of them fatal.

8 Apr 2013 - 12:09pm

Hong Kong on standby for H7N9 outbreak as China confirms three new cases

China has reported 21 human cases of the H7N9 flu virus, including six deaths. Photo: EPA

The latest three cases in Shanghai and Anhui brought the total number of confirmed H7N9 cases across the nation to 21 - ten in Shanghai, six in Jiangsu, three in Zhejiang and two in Anhui. Four patients in Shanghai and two in Zhejiang have died.

7 Apr 2013 - 11:37pm 4 comments

Nanjing chicken vendors shocked by sudden closure of stalls over bird flu

A vendor with his birds at a poultry market in Nanjing. Photo: Reuters

Chicken traders in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, voiced shock after authorities closed their stalls, without warning or mention of compensation, because of the latest bird flu outbreak.

7 Apr 2013 - 5:44am

Questions fly thick and fast over delay in bird flu report

Workers catch pigeons in People's Square as a precaution against bird flu in Shanghai. Photo: EPA

Memories of the 2002-03 Sars epidemic are deeply embedded in the mainland psyche. While just about everyone learned about severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed 774 people worldwide, from the news media, they also remember that mainland officials hid the growing toll from the public for weeks before a wave of deaths and rumours forced authorities to reveal the scale of the epidemic.

7 Apr 2013 - 1:42am

Prevention key to containing new avian flu outbreak

Guangxi health workers inoculate chickens to halt bird flu. Photo: AFP

The unexpected outbreak of influenza A(H7N9) on the mainland marks the first time the virus has been detected in humans. As of Friday, there were 16 confirmed cases, of which six have been fatal.

7 Apr 2013 - 1:43am

Beijing needs to give world full picture of bird flu outbreak

Doctors and nurses attend a training course for treatment of H7N9 virus at a hospital in Hangzhou. Photo: Reuters

One of the most important lessons of the 2002-03 Sars outbreak was that more openness from mainland officials would have helped combat the epidemic. There is evidence it has been remembered - though perhaps belatedly - in the release of information about the current deadly outbreak of H7N9 avian flu. 

7 Apr 2013 - 1:42am

Qingming tributes are censored and Beijing invites Myanmar's opposition parties

Jiang Zemin seen in his hometown Yangzhou, Jiangsu in photos circulating yesterday. (Photo: Weibo)

H7N9Beijing Morning News* Beijing's most respected hospital denies online rumours over infections.Xinhua Xiandai Kuaibao*

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Lack of preparedness leaves us exposed to the risk of a nightmare like Sars

Technical staff from the animal disease prevention and control center inject chickens with the H5N1 bird flu vaccine. Photo: Reuters

While news that a coronavirus genetically related to Sars has been found in the Middle East is worrying Hong Kong, the H7N9 bird flu appears to be spreading across eastern China.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:02am 1 comment

Expert says H7N9 won't be SARS 2.0 and officials promise accurate information

A nurse attends to patients being treated on drips in a hospital in Shanghai, April 3, 2013. (Photo: EPA)

H7N9Xinhua* Shanghai Party Secretary Han Zheng promises to release "authoritative, accurate" information.21st Century Business Herald*

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am