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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. 

Prevention key to containing new avian flu outbreak

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.

Sunday, 7 April, 2013, 1:43am

Beijing needs to give world full picture of bird flu outbreak

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

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

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

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

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

H7N9 harder to track but less likely to cause disease

While the spread of H5N1 has been halted by culls of chickens, this will not work with the H7N9 virus, as it is not known to have caused widespread deaths among birds or other animals, says Professor Yuen Kwok-yung, a microbiologist at the University of Hong Kong.

4 Apr 2013 - 10:27am 1 comment

HKU checking that masks 70pc effective

The University of Hong Kong is retesting one of its earlier studies on the effectiveness of surgical masks that found they can reduce the spread of viruses by more than 70 per cent. The original study involved HKU, the University of Maryland and Harvard School of Public Health, and was conducted in 2009 in the United States.

4 Apr 2013 - 10:28am

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.

4 Apr 2013 - 10:27am

Another bird flu death as virus spreads to Zhejiang

The national health commission said the source of infection remained unknown, but listed poultry workers or people who had been in contact with poultry a week before the emergence of symptoms as a high-risk group.

4 Apr 2013 - 10:26am 2 comments

Hanoi bans China poultry after new bird flu strain deaths

Vietnam has announced an immediate ban on all Chinese poultry imports and stepped up border controls after its northern neighbour reported two deaths from a new strain of bird flu.

4 Apr 2013 - 10:29am