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. 

Clinics visited by H7N9 bird flu patient will remain open

Patients visit a clinic in Tuen Mun attended by the Indonesian domestic helper now infected with H7N9. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

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

Three-year-old boy diagnosed with bird flu as H7N9 returns to Guangdong

File photo of doctors and nurses attending a training course for the treatment of the H7N9 virus at a hospital in Hangzhou. Photo: Reuters

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

Don't let profit stall fight against disease

Participants arrive for an update meeting on the Influenza A (H7N9) situation during the 66th World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) at the United Nations in Geneva. Photo: Reuters

Nothing unites the world more than fighting disease. Despite differences in culture, religion and politics, countries today are closer than ever in fighting viruses and bacteria that can kill. The protection of public health is both a goal and a responsibility. Each country should work harder to ensure citizens' well-being and, ultimately, the good of mankind.

1 Jun 2013 - 1:36am

No new H7N9 cases in China for a week

WHO head Margaret Chan urged caution on Monday at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. “Influenza viruses constantly reinvent themselves. No one can predict the future course of this outbreak," she said. Photo: AP

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

Bird flu outbreak costs China's poultry industry US$65b

H7N9 avian influenza has infected 130 people in China, killing 35, since it was found in humans for the first time, according to the latest official data. Photo: AFP

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

Poultry farms may be H7N9 source, study finds

Poultry farms might be the source of the H7N9 virus. Photo: Xinhua

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

Talking points

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Under-fire Abe gives keynote speech

17 May 2013 - 3:17am

China bird flu devastates Shanghai family

Relatives of Kelly Gu walk through the grounds of an isolation hospital in southwest Shanghai, where Gu's father lies critically ill with H7N9 bird flu. Photo: AFP

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

Bird flu fears ease as alert lifted in Shanghai

Photo: EPA

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

Four more die of bird flu in China, pushing toll to 31

A woman wears a face mask as she walks on an overpass in Beijing. Photo: AFP

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 trade may be spreading killer H7N9 virus

Poultry trade may be spreading killer H7N9 virus

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

HKU scientists look to take the lead on bird flu

A worker at a stall selling chickens cleans cages. Photo: Felix Wong

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

China reports another H7N9 death as WHO calls flu 'one of the most lethal'

A Chinese tourist wears a face mask at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The H7N9 strain has killed 25 people in China. Photo: AFP

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

Step up bird flu tests on chickens, Hong Kong health expert urges

An official with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department holds a live chicken as another handles a blood sample for testing. Photo: Bloomberg

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

China news round-up: Xiamen protest ends, Hunan sets up H7N9 isolation wards

Doctors hold a consultation on the treatment for an H7N9 patient, Longyan, Fujian, April 27, 2013. Photo: Xinhua.

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29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am