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. 

A stall selling live chickens in Kowloon City. Photo: Felix Wong

Bird flu puts stalls off buying more chickens

Fears of bird flu have deterred live-chicken traders at wet markets from ordering extra birds for today's Ching Ming festival, even though they are traditional offerings for ancestors during the festival.