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Public health authorities in Taiwan have identified the first human case of a new type of bird flu seen outside China.
The development, while not unexpected, points to the potential spread of a new type of bird flu that has, according to the World Health Organization, sickened at least 108 people and been implicated in 22 deaths.
...a 53-year-old man who worked in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China.
He became ill three days after returning to Taiwan from China.
Originally posted by soficrow
"First case" outside of China - in Taiwan, 3 hospital staff infected after contact, containment measures started. If they're telling us this much - the truth is way worse.
Then there's the mystery of the 4 year-old carrier from Beijing who never gets included in China's official count. Seems to me he was diagnosed in Taiwan then shipped back to China.
Authorities still blame the birds, but the fact is, only 0.00081% of birds tested were positive (39 out of 48,000) - no way do those numbers explain outbreaks all over the country. The latest tests fudge the numbers by including "environmental sources" like soil and water to up the positive findings.
No one knows (or they're not telling) where this virus really came for or how it's spreading.
All we know for sure is that H7N9 was first isolated in turkeys in 1988 in Minnesota (USA), then spread in domestic poultry (trade) and wild birds (migrations). The first known H7N9 human infections reported in China at the end of March, 2013.
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I’ve noticed you have posted a few articles on the “new but old” bird flu. Do you have an interest in epidemiology and how are you involved or is it a hobby?
Also, how do you think this is going to compare to the SARS outbreak?
It seems as if it has already mutated to a person to person infection.
The fact that the health workers were infected says a lot, this one worries me a lot!
3 hospital staff show symptoms after H7N9 contact
Taipei, April 24 (CNA) Three hospital personnel have developed respiratory symptoms after coming into contact with Taiwan's first confirmed case of H7N9 avian flu, the Central Epidemic Command Center said Wednesday.
….As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, Taiwan had reported 129 suspected H7N9 cases, 128 of which have been ruled out as H7N9 infections, said Chou Jih-haw, deputy director-general of the Centers for Disease Control under the Department of Health.
The center said it had informed the World Health Organization and China of Taiwan's first H7N9 case earlier in the day, Chou said.
"This is an unusually dangerous virus for humans," Keiji Fukuda, WHO's assistant director-general for health security, said Wednesday. "This is definitely one of the most lethal influenza viruses that we've seen so far."
I wonder if they are testing rats, which would probably be a worse case scenario if they are carriers, aside from human to human itself. Either way, this is setting off alarm bells far more so than the swine flu or SARS...
WHO said last week 80,000 birds had been tested with only 40 having positive results for H7N9, leading scientists wonder what else could be responsible.
Hmm, very suspect. Health workers infected? I'd say this is human to human contact.
I wonder what the incubation period is for this virus. 3 weeks maybe.
Also, the more people of different genetic diversities it affects, the more it mutates.
I wonder how many people travelled from china with this virus incubating in them in the past few weeks.
I'm curious, are you aware of any of the individuals that were diagnosed and subsequently recovered- Is there any evidence of post contraction immunity?
O'Leary said investigators had tested 80,000 birds for the flu, but only 40 tested positive and none of those was sick. (0.0005%)
"This is unusual in that we haven't been finding sick birds," he said.
WHO: H7N9 virus 'one of the most lethal so far'
As the death toll from China's bird flu outbreak rose to 22 with news of another victim in eastern Zhejiang Province, the World Health Organization warned the H7N9 virus was one of the most lethal that doctors and medical investigators had faced in recent years.
"This is an unusually dangerous virus for humans," Keiji Fukuda, WHO's assistant director-general for health, security and the environment told a news conference in Beijing Wednesday.
"We think this virus is more easily transmitted from poultry to humans than H5N1," …."This is definitely one of the most lethal influenza viruses that we have seen so far."
(H7N9 watch) Experts unable to trace bird flu path
Experts from the World Health Organisation ….after they made a five-day study visit to Beijing and Shanghai ….say there is no evidence yet that H7N9 can be passed from person to person. But they conceded that they know little about the virus. The experts added that it's not clear how many people have been infected by the virus but failed to show any symptoms.
So, even screaming from the roof tops about it not coming from the fowl does not slow the propaganda.
This will continue to spread. Will it be the genocidal strain? Doubtful as it is more likely something that is being monitored for contamination rates.
As I have said before, this does not feel right to me, it feels like human intervention and controlled experiment.
Originally posted by woogleuk
108 people sickened, 22 deaths.....doesn't sound too bad to be honest.
The dead probably had underlying health conditions too.