posted on Apr, 17 2013 @ 12:10 PM
UPDATE: Case count now up to at least 83 with 17 deaths.
When I pointed out key info about H7N9 to a contact, he laughed and said, "China is experimenting on its own people!" I said, "No! Follow the
money!" …Free trade agreements with China mean Western corporations are competing for China's HUGE poultry market - they're the ones who benefit
when the live markets and backyard chicken coops are shut down - and corporations have a long history of bioterrorism.
* Dutch virologist Ron Fouchier says H7N9 is not actually a bird flu.
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.
* Only 10 of the 77 cases as of Tuesday have had contact with poultry - where the virus is coming from and how it's spreading is still a
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.
* Official reports deny H7N9 is infecting pigs or dogs - BUT - 410 Pigs and 122 Dogs were just found dead in Henan province. Last month, more than
16,000 dead pigs were found in rivers that supply water to Shanghai (tsk, definitely NOT the same factory and "chemical gas" at fault).
Maybe H7N9 already has multiple reservoirs
410 Pigs, 122 Dogs Found Dead In China Wed,
“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.
* The media continues to exclude the 2nd case in Beijing from the count.
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
How many other cases are being "overlooked"?
* Only five reported H7N9 flu patients have recovered - the rest are still in hospital.
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
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.