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Doesn't it get old being Mushrooms? Kept in the dark and shoveled with..."news".
So far there is no sign of sustained human-to-human transmission, the WHO said. Most of the cases are sporadic, and health officials strongly suspect that many of the cases involve exposure to infected poultry and their environments in market settings.
China confirms 11 more H7N9 cases, 1 fatal CIDRAP News | Jan 13, 2014
Lab tests in China have confirmed 11 more H7N9 influenza infections over the past 3 days, including a fatal case, and Hong Kong has confirmed an H7N9 death in a previously reported case.
…New H7N9 case reports are steadily piling up in eastern China, where a second wave of infections is well under way amid a ramp-up of street market activity ahead of the Lunar New Year later this month. The new cases are from three recent H7N9 hot spots in eastern China: Guangdong province, Zhejiang province, and the city of Shanghai.
….The 11 new cases raise the number of confirmed H7N9 cases in China and its close neighbors to 174. The two new fatalities push the number of deaths in the outbreak so far to 52.
Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection
Members of the public should remain vigilant and take heed of the preventive advice against avian influenza below:
* Do not visit live poultry markets. Avoid contact with poultry, birds and their droppings. If contact has been made, thoroughly wash hands with soap;
* Poultry and eggs should be thoroughly cooked before eating;
* Wash hands frequently with soap, especially before touching the mouth, nose or eyes, handling food or eating; after going to the toilet or touching public installations or equipment (including escalator handrails, elevator control panels and door knobs); or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing;
* Cover the nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing, hold the spit with a tissue and put it into a covered dustbin;
* Avoid crowded places and contact with fever patients; and
* Wear masks when respiratory symptoms develop or when taking care of fever patients.
The public may visit the CHP's avian influenza page (www.chp.gov.hk/en/view_content/24244.html) and website (www.chp.gov.hk/files/pdf/global_statistics_avian_influenza_e.pdf) for more information on avian influenza-affected areas and provinces.
If this virus had not as you say evolved into a transmissible deadly virus in all of this time it is doubtful that it ever would .
why on earth do they have to play with these things in the lab?! well, it seems they silly beggars have finally done it, we are but 1 step away from a global pandemic.
sometimes I really hate the direction and motive of some of our scientists.
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On that note, what would happen if we went to colonize another planet, and lived in some sort of biodome?
Surely, a good chunk of those microbes would be left on earth. Would that not limit our adaptive, and evolutionary potential?
Maybe weaken us?
Sorry for the tangent. Just curious.
As of 9pm today [2014-01-15], a total of 176 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been confirmed in the Mainland, including Zhejiang (63 cases), Shanghai (37 cases), Jiangsu (30 cases), Guangdong (18 cases), Fujian (seven cases), Jiangxi (six cases), Anhui (four cases), Henan (four cases), Beijing (two cases), Hunan (two cases), Shandong (two cases) and Hebei (one case).
China reports 4 new H7N9 cases
GUANGZHOU, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Four new human contractions of H7N9 bird flu were reported in three provinces in China on Wednesday, according to provincial health authorities.
Xinhua Insight: Bird flu epidemic overshadows Chinese New Year
…Health authorities are deeply concerned by the resurgent epidemic, with about twenty new cases reported in the first two weeks of 2014, mostly in eastern costal regions. About 150 cases of H7N9 bird flu have been confirmed in China since the first case in March last year. [2014-01-15]
NEW H7N9 SCIENTIFIC RESULTS
Results of research by a Chinese team published in the Lancet, have established that variation of an amino acid on the H7 gene has made the H7N9 strain more infectious to mammals.
"On the PB2 gene, we have found another variation in a key amino acid. One more variation of a specified amino acid, and human-to-human transmission will become much more likely," said Liang, indicating his extremely high concern over the possibility.
The team recently identified a new partial variation in the virus, demonstrating its capacity to adapt to its environment.
"It has increased the risk of human-to-human transmission and brought more difficulty in treatment," Liang added.
"In spite of this, there is no reason to panic. We can confirm that the H7N9 flu virus has not shown scaled variation and human-to-human transmission," said Gao Hainyu, a member of the team drafting a thesis on the new results.
CIDRAP: News Scan for Jan 16, 2014
...the CDC yesterday issued a Health Alert Network (HAN) advisory that said clinicians should consider the possibility of H5N1 infection in patients who have a severe respiratory illness and a history of travel within 10 days before illness onset to areas with H5N1 circulation.
The notice also encourages state health departments to investigate such cases and to report them to the CDC within 24 hours. Potential human cases of H7N9 avian influenza also should be investigated and reported, the agency said. Human H7N9 cases emerged in China last spring, and many cases, some fatal, have been reported in the past few weeks.
CHP notified of seven additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Mainland
Hong Kong (HKSAR) - The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (January 16) received notification of seven additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) respectively in Guangzhou (one case) and Foshan (one case) from the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province and in Fujian (two cases), Guizhou (one case) and Zhejiang (two cases) from the National Health and Family Planning Commission.
…As of 9pm today, a total of 183 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been confirmed in the Mainland, including Zhejiang (65 cases), Shanghai (37 cases), Jiangsu (30 cases), Guangdong (20 cases), Fujian (nine cases), Jiangxi (six cases), Anhui (four cases), Henan (four cases), Beijing (two cases), Hunan (two cases), Shandong (two cases), Hebei (one case) and Guizhou (one case, imported from Zhejiang).
(Reuters) - A big wave of H7N9 bird flu cases and deaths in China since the start of 2014 is a reminder that emerging flu strains need constant surveillance if the world is not to be caught off guard by a deadly pandemic.
At least 24 H7N9 flu infections and three deaths have been confirmed in the past week by the World Health Organisation (WHO), a dramatic increase on the two cases and one death reported for the four-month summer period of June to September.
"There's now a clear second wave of this virus," said Jake Dunning, a researcher at Imperial College London who has been monitoring the outbreak.
New cases put H7N9 pace near last year's peak
The pace of new H7N9 avian flu cases in China over the past week is rivaling the daily crush of infections that occurred during the first peak of activity last spring after the virus first emerged, with reports today of seven new illnesses, one of them fatal.
What began as a trickle of reports in October that signaled H7N9's resurgence in humans, primarily from poultry exposure, has expanded over the past few weeks to several cases reported each day. Thirty-one have been confirmed from Jan 10 through today, a number below but approaching the 38 cases reported during the peak week of disease activity, which began on Apr 8, 2013.
Experts contacted by CIDRAP News say the situation bears close monitoring but differed in their level of expressed concern over the situation.