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.
Two private clinics in Tuen Mun remained open yesterday after they were identified as having treated an Indonesian domestic helper later diagnosed to be infected with the deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu.Thursday, 5 December, 2013, 3:53am
Guangdong health authorities have announced that a three-year-old boy living in Dongguan was diagnosed as infected with H7N9, the potentially deadly bird flu virus. The boy is the third confirmed case of infection in as many weeks in China.6 Nov 2013 - 8:59am
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No new human cases of the H7N9 virus have been recorded in China for a week, national health authorities said, for the first time since the outbreak began in March.
One previously infected patient died in the week beginning between May 13, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a statement late on Monday, taking the total number of fatalities from the virus to 36.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
China’s human H7N9 bird flu outbreak has cost the country’s poultry industry more than 400 billion yuan (HK$500 billion) as consumers shun chicken, government officials said according to state media Monday.20 May 2013 - 1:53pm
The study, compiled after a week-long field assessment of the influenza by a panel of experts commissioned by the WHO, was publicised by the National Health and Family Planning Commission yesterday.19 May 2013 - 6:12am
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The virus has already killed her mother, and Kelly Gu’s father lies critically ill with H7N9 bird flu in a Shanghai hospital bed – the only couple both infected in China’s outbreak of the disease.
As her mother lay dying Gu was urgently summoned back to Shanghai from her doctoral studies in chemistry in France, but she was too late, missing the chance to say goodbye by a day.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Shanghai lifted its flu epidemic alert yesterday, with the municipal government saying that no new human cases of H7N9 bird flu had been recorded for three weeks.11 May 2013 - 5:00am
The number to have been infected on the mainland since outbreak began in February rose to 129, with two more cases identified in Fujian.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Poultry workers moving between wet markets and farms are probably responsible for the wide geographical spread of the deadly new bird flu virus on the mainland, says a Hong Kong expert invited by the World Health Organisation to investigate the outbreak.6 May 2013 - 7:06am 5 comments
Despite the rush by scientists to decipher the nature of the latest outbreak of bird flu, the virus and its relatives have been under the radar of a local research team for more than a decade.6 May 2013 - 5:00am
The death toll from the H7N9 bird flu virus has risen to 27, state media said yesterday after a man died in Hunan province.
Neighbouring Guangdong will start cleaning up its poultry markets today. Deputy governor Lin Shaochun said yesterday that the provincial government might make some contingency public health measures permanent in prevention of bird flu diseases, Xinhua reported.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Blood tests for H5 bird flu are conducted on locally raised chickens and if the results are positive, a rapid test for H7 on the samples is conducted. Results for a rapid test are ready in four to five hours. But the blood samples are taken 10 days before the poultry go to the market, so there are concerns that any infection that develops in those 10 days may not be found.1 May 2013 - 10:15am 1 comment
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