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H7N9 bird flu is a 'serious threat' - researchers warn
The threat should be "treated calmly, but seriously", researchers advised.
There is concern over both the pace and severity of the outbreak.
There has been a relatively high number of known infections since the first case was detected in April.
Prof John McCauley, the director of a World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating centre in the UK, said: "It is unusual to get these numbers."
Of those infected, a fifth died, a fifth recovered and the rest are still ill. The infection results in severe pneumonia and even blood poisoning and organ failure.
...in this outbreak the ages of those infected ranges from two to 81.
Prof Farrar said: "That suggests there truly is no immunity across all ages, and that as humans we have not seen this virus before.
Avian flu virus learns to fly without wings 21 December 2012 by Andy Coghlan
Potentially fatal bird flu viruses can spread on the wind, a hitherto suspected but unproven route of transmission. …..the most likely scenario for bird flu is that the virus hitches a ride on airborne particles from farms, especially particles of infected faeces from poultry farms.
Four more people in China have died from a new strain of bird flu, bringing to 31 the number of deaths from the mysterious H7N9 virus, with the number of infections rising by two to 129.
The National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases aims to prevent disease, disability, and death caused by a wide range of infectious diseases. We focus on diseases that have been around for many years, emerging diseases (those that are new or just recently identified), and zoonotic diseases (those spread from animals to people). Our work is guided in part by a holistic "One Health" strategy, which recognizes the vital interconnectedness of microbes and the environment. Through a comprehensive approach involving many scientific disciplines, we can attain better health for humans and animals and improve our environment.
Originally posted by Vasa Croe
There had been 48 deaths when she was briefed and it was consolidated to China.
How big could this get if it continues to be under reported and or covered up?
are they reserving the information so that people do not panic? Should we be panicking?
Originally posted by antar
reply to post by Vasa Croe
Thank you for your concerns and your post. Do you suppose this is connected to the possible SARS outbreak in NYC? Is it SARS/MERS/H7N9 ???
What are we dealing with here and why is there such a silence placed on a possible out break? I mean people need to bone up on the Universal precautions and be aware of contaminating themselves as much as possible.
The H7N9 bird flu virus can be transmitted not only through close contact but by airborne exposure, a team at the University of Hong Kong found after extensive laboratory experiments. Though the virus appears to have been brought under control recently, the researchers urged the Hong Kong authorities to maintain strict surveillance, which should include not only poultry but humans and pigs. "We also found that the virus can infect pigs, which was not previously known," said Dr Maria Zhu Huachen, a research assistant professor at HKU's School of Public Health.