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There is still no evidence of any sustained human-to-human spread of the H7N9 virus. But the World Health Organisation confirmed on Saturday that Chinese authorities are investigating two suspicious clusters of human cases. Though these can arise by infection from a common source, they can also signal that limited human-to-human transmission has occurred.
China confirms 77 H7N9 cases, 16 deaths
During the period from 6 p.m. on Monday to 8 p.m. Tuesday, China confirmed 14 new cases of H7N9 avian influenza, with two more death reported in Shanghai.
The National Health and Family Planning Commission said in its daily update on H7N9 cases that a total of 77 H7N9 cases have been reported in China, including 16 cases that have ended in death.
.....A total of 30 cases, including 11 ending in death, have been reported in Shanghai. Twenty cases, including two deaths, have been reported in Jiangsu Province, and 21 cases, including two deaths, in Zhejiang Province. Anhui Province has reported three cases, with one death. Beijing has reported one case and two have been reported in Henan Province.
Beijing’s Municipal Bureau of Health this morning reported the discovery of a suspected H7N9 bird flu carrier in the city, a four-year-old boy, according to a local reports.
The boy, who surname is Zhu, would be the city’s second case following the discovery of an ill 7-year-old girl that was reported on Saturday.
Dutch virologist Ron Fouchier told CNN that this mutation in mice makes the disease up to 1,000 times more virulent. He believes that several other mutations present mean that the virus is not actually a bird flu. “Known normal bird viruses have to adapt substantially to infect people, but not these,” he said.
Zeng Guang, the chief scientist in charge of epidemiology at the China Disease Prevention and Control Center (CDPCC), said about 40 percent of human victims had no clear history of poultry exposure, the Beijing News reported on Wednesday.
According to state media reports, only 10 of the 77 cases as of Tuesday have had contact with poultry. The CDPCC declined to comment when asked by Reuters.
410 Pigs, 122 Dogs Found Dead In China Wed, 04/17/2013
“Initial investigation eliminated an animal epidemic and H7N9 bird flu,” the (NEWS) agency reported, citing the local authorities.
…Tissue samples of the deceased animals have been sent for tests to the Henan University of Science and Technology.
Also see: H7N9 virus can be traced to 3 bird species: Chinese expert
NOTE: Does not preclude spread to other species.
A seven-year-old girl in Beijing was the first case in the capital at the weekend and the boy next door has also tested positive
China confirms 82 H7N9 cases, 17 deaths
From 8 p.m. Tuesday to 5 p.m. Wednesday, China confirmed five new cases of human H7N9 avian influenza infection, including one in Shanghai and four in Zhejiang Province.
The National Health and Family Planning Commission said in its daily update on H7N9 cases that a total of 82 H7N9 cases have been reported in China, including 17 that have ended in death.
Of the total, five H7N9 patients have been discharged from hospitals after receiving treatment, and the other 60 patients are being treated in designated hospitals, according to the commission.
A total of 31 cases, including 11 that have ended in death, have been reported in Shanghai. Twenty cases, including three deaths, have been reported in Jiangsu Province, and 25 cases, including two deaths, in Zhejiang Province. Anhui Province has reported three cases, with one death. Beijing has reported one case and two have been reported in Henan Province.
Originally posted by antar
reply to post by soficrow
…Why are they having so much trouble with their chicken farms in China? Could it be the sanitation, the food they feed them?
What can we learn from them to keep our flocks safe?
Cargill to set up integrated broiler poultry project in China 31 August 2012
American agribusiness company Cargill is constructing a $250m integrated broiler poultry project in Chuzhou city, Anhui province, China, in an effort to strengthen its presence in the country.
The integrated broiler facility, which is being built over an area of 350ha near the Yangtze river basin, will complement Cargill's current meat imports business. It will feature 12 pullet and breeder farms, a feed mill, a hatchery and a primary processing plant. …the facility is expected to start operating by July 2013.
"We will raise 65 million birds a year and it will be one of the biggest integrated plants in China," Langholz added.
US and China Playing Chicken on Poultry Trade
US and Chinese trade agreements and their implementation are going to the World Trade Organization because the US believes China is unfairly using tactics to keep US poultry out of China.
“Let me be clear: the US does not arbitrarily seek disagreements with China,” said Ron Kirk, US trade representative, as he unveiled the grounds for the US action. “But we won’t negotiate indefinitely, because US farmers, ranchers, small business owners and workers can’t afford to wait when their exports are being blocked and American jobs are at stake.” [tsk]
Brazil claims majority of China’s poultry imports
Brazilian meat accounted for 74% of China’s poultry imports in 2011, according to data released from Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA).
Market ban on killing of poultry brought forward April 16, 2013[/url]
TAIPEI--Taiwan could impose a ban on slaughtering live poultry at traditional markets earlier than planned because of the H7N9 bird flu scare, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said yesterday.
Bird flu fears lead to Shanghai poultry market cull
Authorities slaughter more than 20,000 birds after H7N9 strain of virus is detected in pigeons and human death toll rises to six
Fears of human-to-human transmission of bird flu grips China
China on Thursday reported one more death due to H7N9 strain, taking the toll to 18 while the number of cases rose to 87 amid rising fears about the spread of the deadly virus after country's top health authority did not rule out the possibility of human-to-human transmission.
Chinese doctors publish first H7N9 case report Apr 10, 2013 (CIDRAP News)
She experienced a sudden onset of chills and fever on Mar 27 and was seen in the emergency department the next day.
…..An investigation into the source of her infection found no clear history of contact with livestock or poultry, through the virus was detected in poultry at a local market. "The most likely source of the virus in this case seems to be from the environment or food contaminated with this novel virus," the group wrote.
China confirms 102 H7N9 cases, 21 deaths
A total of 102 cases of human H7N9 avian influenza, including 21 deaths, have been reported as of 3:00 pm Sunday, said China Central Television.