New warning as H7N9 bird flu toll hits 31 for 2014
February 11, 2014, Tuesday
At least 31 people died from H7N9 bird flu in China this year, the government announced yesterday, while health experts predicted more H7N9 cases in the near future.
A total of 127 human H7N9 cases have been confirmed so far this year, with Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces the worst affected, according to a statement by the National Health and Family Planning Commission.
The number is almost as high as for the whole of last year, when China had 144 confirmed cases, including 46 deaths.
The commission said that there will continue to be sporadic reports of H7N9 infections.
Study: Bird flu risk stoked by gene changes
Three new variations of the avian influenza type-A H7N9 virus have been found this winter.
The genetic changes were spurred by transmission in poultry and the incorporation of genetic material from another strain called H9N2, scientists at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center and Institutes of Biomedical Sciences said.
The new strains may be behind a surge of infections in Guangdong, the southern province bordering Hong Kong.
…Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces and the Shanghai metropolitan area have been the worst affected regions, the scientists wrote in a paper published in Eurosurveillance Thursday.
“The rapidly increasing number of cases of A(H7N9) virus infection in these three regions may raise concerns as to whether there is an association between circulation of the new A(H7N9) reassortment strains identified and accelerated transmission of A(H7N9) virus in humans,” the scientists said. “It is of the utmost importance to monitor the risk of a potential pandemic initiated by various influenza virus strains.”
Even though H7N9 hasn’t mutated to become as contagious as seasonal flu, strains that emerge in China are of special interest to researchers.
Chinese City Closes Poultry Markets To Stop Bird Flu Outbreak
Live poultry markets were closed for two weeks on Saturday in the capital of Guangdong province, Guangzhou, China, following an outbreak of H7N9 bird flu virus.
The provincial health bureau reported 65 cases and 13 deaths, with the last victim of the virus being a 78-year-old man who died Feb. 14 in Guangzhou. Most cases have been linked to contact with poultry. The province is one of the hardest-hit areas in China’s latest bird flu outbreak.
China Focus: China reports new H7N9 cases, cities ban poultry trading
HEFEI, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Chinese cities have stepped up control of the live poultry trade as the number of human H7N9 bird flu infections continues to rise.
On Saturday, Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, banned all live poultry markets for two weeks.
Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, announced on Saturday it would permanently stop live poultry trade in the city proper.
Scientists Fear Bird Flu Pandemic Is About to Strike
Scientists working in Shanghai, China have announced that genetic differences in the potentially lethal bird flu virus which is going around China is increasing the possibility of a pandemic strain and they fear a pandemic is about to strike. There have been three new variations of the avian influenza type H7N9 virus found this winter. They came about by poultry transmission and the combination of genomic material from a flu strain known as H9N2. The researchers said that the various strains could be behind a swell of infections in a southern province of China which borders Hong Kong as well.
There have been more than 120 human H7N9 cases reported in China so far this year and at least 32 deaths, according to the latest official tally of the country's health and family planning commission.
Eight more H7N9 cases reported in China
Eight more H7N9 influenza cases have been reported from four of China's provinces over the past 3 days, signaling that cases may be leveling off from a burst of infections that appeared to coincide with Lunar New Year activity.
Hong Kong extends ban on live poultry imports from China
Hong Kong officials said on Tuesday they were extending for four months a ban on live poultry imports from mainland China to guard against the potentially deadly H7N9 avian flu.
Breeders desperate to offload stock as ban on live chicken sales ends
Some 600,000 chickens will be available at knock-down prices as farmers look to clear space and recoup losses of three-week suspension sparked by positive H7N9 sample
….Since the first case of H7N9 was reported last year, 348 human infections have been confirmed on the mainland, according to the Centre for Health Protection.
Mutations don't happen that quickly, not without help. That's important to know.
...global corporations are competing for China's HUGE poultry market. Guess who benefits when the live markets and backyard chicken coops are shut down? And btw - corporations have a long history of using bioterrorism in their pursuit of profit.
....Looks like it's just more of the same monopoly game - Cargill used the American government to fight for access to China's poultry market, and backed the play with jobs for Chinese people. Americans lost those jobs - and we're ALL losing our rights to raise our own food, Chinese and American both.
* Was H7N9 genetically engineered and released on purpose? Is it all about killing the competition and grabbing market share?
* H7N9 mutates fast - will it evolve to become more benign or get worse?
* It's spreading fast, up to 83 cases at last count, but will it go pandemic?
* Are all cases being reported? Everyone keeps forgetting to count the 2nd case in Beijing - why IS that?
* Why are they blaming small business and small farmers when most of the evidence contradicts those "findings"?
Biological warfare is not new. It's been happening for many centuries.
I still don't believe this new one mutated on it's own.
Chinese Cities Ban Poultry Trading as H7N9 Cases Rise
Chinese cities have stepped up control of the live poultry trade as the number of human H7N9 bird flu infections continues to rise. ...
On Saturday, Guangzhou, banned all live poultry markets for two weeks. The ban remains in effect through 28 February as part of the government's new effort to curb the spread of the H7N9 virus.
Markets Close Due to Worsening H7N9 Bird Flu
17 February 2014
CHINA – Poultry markets in two Chinese cities have been closed as the bird flu death toll continues to mount.
...A two week hiatus has been placed on Guangzhou markets, while Hangzhou has enforced a permanent ban in response to the year’s H7N9 bird flu death toll rising to 32.
New H7N9 cases in China include first in Jilin province
CIDRAP News | Feb 21, 2014
China today reported four new H7N9 infections, one fatal, including the first case from Jilin province, which lies well north of the main outbreak area.
….Over the past several days the second wave of infections has tapered off, after exceeding the last spring's first wave. So far 229 H7N9 infections have been reported in the second wave, compared with 136 during the first.
Researchers detail father-son case cluster
… the boy had significant unprotected exposure to his father while he was sick and that the two had not had contact with poultry, but had been near a poultry environment.
…The case fits with a risk assessment from the World Health Organization (WHO) that says the virus doesn't transmit easily from human to human, but human-to-human transmission may have occurred when there was close unprotected contact with sick patients.