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Preparedness, surveillance and response

Health Ministry warns of bird flu

The Ministry of Health in Cambodia warned people to be aware of the new avian influenza strain H7N9, which has spread to poultry in China and neighbouring countries. Health Ministry spokesman Ly Sovann said that in the past two years, Cambodia has not had any cases of avian influenza H5N1 infecting people, despite it spreading to poultry in Svay Rieng province early this year. However, he said officials are concerned about the new avian flu H7N9, which has been spreading in China, Vietnam and Laos

July 25, 2017
Khmer Times

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

On 19 June 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China notified WHO of five additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China. On 24 June 2017, the NHFPC notified WHO of 10 additional laboratory-confirmed cases and on 30 June 2017, the NHFPC notified WHO of six more

July 19, 2017
World health Organization

China program to vaccinate poultry against bird flu will be nationwide

China`s program to vaccinate poultry against the H7N9 strain of bird flu will be carried out nationwide from this autumn, the country`s agriculture ministry said. The government had previously said the program would initially only be applied in some provinces, with other areas allowed to receive vaccinations if approved by veterinary authorities. The step is part of a drive against bird flu after human cases of the virus spiked in the country last winter, claiming at least 268 lives since October

July 12, 2017

Four H7N9 cases reported in SW China

Southwest China`s Yunnan Province reported four cases of human infection of the H7N9 bird flu virus, local health authorities said. The cases were discovered in Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture. Of the four patients, one has fully recovered and three others are still in hospital for treatment, said a statement of the Yunnan provincial health and family planning commission

June 28, 2017
xinhuanet, french.china.org

Genetic analysis of H7N9 finds adaptations, clade patterns

In the latest genetic analysis of H7N9 avian influenza samples from China, researchers said viruses circulating in the current fifth wave fall into two geographically separate clades of Yangtze River Delta lineages that have undergone substantial adaptation. Most human cases in the current wave are from the YRD lineage, which aren`t as reactive to existing candidate vaccine viruses. The YRD viruses have formed two subsets, YRD-1 and YRD-2. Within the YRD-2 subset, the team observed two clades, one (YRD-2a) circulating in central and eastern China and the other (YRD-2b) mainly found in eastern Guangdong province, its likely origin. They said the YRD-2b clade also includes the recently identified highly pathogenic H7N9 viruses

June 26, 2017

Bird flu pandemic worse than 2009 swine flu outbreak could be on its way to Britain

Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth urged the Government to say what measures it is taking to improve preparedness to deal with such an outbreak. Scientists fear a bird flu pandemic worse than the 2009 swine flu outbreak could be heading Britain’s way. More than 1,300 bird flu victims have been identified, mostly in China. Of those, 476 have died, a rate of more than one in three. There are also victims in Indonesia, Egypt and Vietnam, and two cases in Canada of people travelling from China

June 24, 2017
The Mirror, The Sun

Ten H7N9 cases confirmed in China as poultry outbreak noted

The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reported 10 additional cases of H7N9 avian flu, all in men, including 2 deaths. Nine out of the 10 patients had known exposure to live poultry or poultry markets. The men`s ages range from 31 to 79, and the cases are reported from a wide swath of China, including two each in Beijing and Sichuan, and one each in Anhui, Guizhou, Hebei, Jiangsu, and Tianjin provinces and in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

June 23, 2017

A bird flu pandemic looms but the US is holding back the fight

Just two mutations could turn H7N9 flu into a deadly airborne strain, but restrictions meant to protect us from a possible pandemic are making it harder to combat the next one. This year, H7N9 in China acquired a mutation that makes it kill birds, and possibly people, faster. “Without animal infection studies, we can only speculate what might happen,” says Paulson. “Biology is complex, so we can predict that one set of mutations will influence transmission, but it is only that, a prediction.” But neither Paulson nor Fouchier are allowed to make viruses with these mutations. After Fouchier created transmissible H5N1, a regulatory committee in the US tried to stop the work being published, saying terrorists could use it to create a lethal pandemic. There were also fears that other labs would try to copy the work without sufficient containment, and a dangerous virus might then escape. The H5N1 work was finally published, but the US halted Gain-of-Function (GOF) research for flu viruses, and for SARS and MERS

June 20, 2017
New Scientist

China reports additional H7N9 avian flu, Health officials meet in Hong Kong

The China National Health and Family Planning Commission reported an additional five human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9), including one death during the week of Jun. 9 through 15. The four male patients and one female, who came from Beijing, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hunan and Zhejiang and were aged from 41 to 68, had onset from April 25 to June 6. Among them, three were known to have exposure to poultry or poultry markets

June 18, 2017
Outbreak News Today

Pandemic possible with H7N9 virus

A study has warned that mutations in the bird flu H7N9 virus could lead to a "pandemic" that could cause sickness and death around the world. The study, led by Yu Hongjie and fellow researchers at Fudan University`s Public Health Institute in Shanghai, is based on information from all lab-confirmed human cases of H7N9 reported in the Chinese mainland as of late February. A surge in human infections with the latest outbreak in China has prompted pandemic concerns. Virus samples collected in February from two human cases in Guangdong province were confirmed to have the mutation that made the virus capable of causing sickness and death in infected poultry as well

June 14, 2017

China H7N9 bird flu death toll rose to 37 in May: health authority

China reported 37 human deaths from H7N9 bird flu in May, the national health authority said, up from 24 in April. It also reported 72 cases of human infection from H7N9 bird flu during May, according to a statement posted on the website of the National Health and Family Planning Commission

June 12, 2017

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

On 19 May 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of 17 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China. Then, on 26 May 2017, it notified WHO of nine more laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. No case clustering has been reported so far. There were 12 more human cases reported from June 2 to June 8

June 8, 2017
June 10, 2017
Outbreak News Today

Husband, wife confirmed with H7N9 virus infection in China's Shaanxi

A man has been confirmed infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus, following the infection of his wife in northwest China`s Shaanxi Province, local health authorities said Wednesday, he tested positive for the virus Tuesday in Yulin city, after days of high fever and coughing at his hometown nearby, the city`s disease control center said in a statement. It is the second H7N9 human infection case in the city, the first being his 62-year-old wife, surnamed Yang, who was confirmed with the virus on May 31

June 7, 2017

China reports H7N9 avian influenza case in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

The Health and Family Planning Commission of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has reported its first human case of H7N9 in a male patient from Wuyuan County of Bayannur City. Officials said the patients is in a stable condition and the source of the infection is probably poultry reared at his home

June 2, 2017
Outbreak News Today

Bird flu outbreak in Shaanxi province kills 20,000 chickens

More than 20,000 chickens died from an outbreak of H7N9 bird flu in north west China’s Shaanxi province, a local government official said. The outbreak occurred at an egg farm run by Lvxiangyuan Ecology based in Yulin, city of more than 3m people

May 31, 2017

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

China notified WHO of an additional 23 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with H7N9 virus in China earlier this month. At the time of notification (13 May) there had been seven deaths, 15 patients were diagnosed with pneumonia or severe pneumonia and a further case was mild

May 23, 2017
World Health Organization

Two Chinese cities close poultry markets after H7N9 bird flu infections

China said it will shut poultry markets in districts of two cities after H7N9 bird flu infections were detected. One case was of a man who sold poultry at a market in southwest Sichuan province’s Zigong city. In another incident, a man who visited poultry markets in Shandong’s Binzhou city was diagnosed too

May 21, 2017
Reuters, Kuwait Times, China.org

Primeiro caso de H7N9 é registrado no norte da China

Shanxi province saw its first case of human H7N9 with a 66 year-old woman testing positive at the Datong city’s disease prevention and control unit. Across the country a total of 96 people were reportedly infected with H7N9, according to March figures, of which 47 people had died

May 17, 2017
CRI Online

China H7N9 bird flu death toll fell to 24 in April: health authority

China reported 24 human fatalities from H7N9 bird flu in April, the national health authority said, compared with 47 deaths in March. It also reported 81 cases of human infection from H7N9 bird flu for last month. China has reported 211 deaths from H7N9 bird flu in the first four months of the year so far. That is almost three times higher than the human fatalities from the strain for the whole of 2016

May 12, 2017

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

The National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of 18 additional laboratory confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza H7N9 virus in mainland China. Onset dates range from 6-23 April, 2017. Of these 18 cases, eight cases were female.

May 9, 2017

China reports 24 more H7N9 avian flu cases, 9 fatal

China continues to see a steady pace of new H7N9 avian flu infections late into the season, with 24 fresh cases being reported over the last week, including one from a province that has never reported a case before. China has also culled 80,000 birds in Hebei after detecting an outbreak of H7N9 bird flu on a farm of layer hens

May 8, 2017
May 5, 2017
Reuters, Xinhuanet, Reuters

Central China reports one H7N9 death

A woman has died of H7N9 bird flu infection in China’s Hubei province, local authorities said. The 68-year old woman tested positive on April 27 after days of high fever with no apparent explanation. Additionally, Manila Times reported that there are worries in China about mutation of the H7N9 virus and its increased pathogenicity in poultry, though human cases are not linked to this new strain

May 3, 2017
Global Times
May 2, 2017
Manila Times
April 30, 2017
May 2, 2017
TelesurTV, China.org
May 3, 2017

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

On the 21 April, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of an additional 28 laboratory confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza (H7N9) in mainland China. To date, there has been a total of 1,421 laboratory-confirmed human infections with H7N9 reported since early 2013. WHO’s risk assessment noted this fifth wave of H7N9 is greater in numbers of human cases than it was in earlier waves. WHO still views contact through infected poultry, or contaminated environments, including live poultry markets, as the primary source of infection and believes the risk of community level spread is still low

May 1, 2017

Chongqing declares another case of human H7N9 infection, now stands at four

Chongqing was one of the first cities for a human-H7N9 infection, it says it has another case making its new total 4  

April 26, 2017
China News
April 25, 2017
Health Map

New H7N9 case reported in NE China

A H7N9 patient is in a critical condition in northeast China’s Liaoning Province, local health authorities said. The patient, a 61-year old woman, is receiving treatment in a private hospital. The province has reported four cases of H7N9 this year so far

April 21, 2017
xinhuanet, Cidrap, China.org

Beijing reports 10 H7N9 cases this year

Beijing has reported 10 cases of human H7N9 avian flu cases in 2017 so far, according to the Beijing Center for Disease Prevention and Control. The latest two cases had contact with live poultry and one of them died of the infection after treatment failed

April 18, 2017
xinhuanet, Star Daily, China.org
April 17, 2017
China News

Four new cases of H7N9 reported in north China

Two new cases of H7N9 infection have been reported in Henan Province in China, local authorities said, taking the number of new cases in northern China in recent days to four. Earlier, authorities in Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing, said a man had contracted the H7N9 virus. Tianjin also reported a 58 year-old woman had been infected with H7N9 last Friday

April 16, 2017
South China Morning Post
April 15, 2017
Asia Pacific Daily
April 14, 2017
China.org, Sina.com, Jiangsu Now
April 15, 2017

China's H7N9 bird flu death toll at 47 in March - government data

China reported 47 human fatalities from H7N9 bird flu in march, the national health authority said, compared with 61 deaths in February. It also reported 96 cases of human infection from H7N9 bird flu for last month, according to the statement posted on the National Health and Family Planning Commission website

April 12, 2017
Channel News Asia, Reuters, Business Insider

Two new H7N9 cases reported in China's Hunan province

Two new cases of H7N9 infection were reported between March 31 and April 6 in central China Hunan Province, according to the health authorities. Live poultry trading has been suspended in the provincial capital Changsha since March 17, which will last until the end of April. Nationwide, 79 people died in January from the virus, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission

April 9, 2017
China Daily
April 8, 2017
Asia Pacific Daily, Nampa.org

Tibet reports first H7N9 case in migrant workers

A human infection of H7N9 bird flu has been reported in southwest China`s Tibet Autonomous Region, the local health authority said. The patient, a 41-year-old migrant worker from neighbouring Sichuan Province, was diagnosed on April 3 and is in quarantine at Tibet`s Third People`s Hospital in Lhasa, the regional health and family planning commission said on its website

April 8, 2017
Post Online, India.com
April 10, 2017
April 8, 2017
China.org, Nampa.org

China confirms outbreak of H7N9 bird flu on Hunan egg farms

China confirmed an outbreak of H7N9 bird flu at a poultry farm in Hunan province in the southern part of the country, according to a Ministry of Agriculture statement. The case comes on the back of a surge in the rate of human infections with H7N9, leading to 161 deaths in China since last October 

March 24, 2017
Reuters, CIDRAP

H7N9 Fatalities Hit 13 in East China's Jiangxi

Thirteen of the 37 people infected with H7N9 avian flu in China’s eastern Jiangxi province have died since January, the local authorities announced on Saturday. A flower farm owner from Shenzhen died after contracting H7N9 bird flu, as did a resident of Qingyuan City in Guangdong

March 20, 2017
The Poultry Site
March 21, 2017
Shenzen Daily

Chine: quatre nouveaux cas humains de grippe aviaire H7N9 signalés au Guangxi

There have been four new cases of human H7N9 confirmed in the southern region of Guangxi, making a total of 17 cases here since the start of the year. Reuters reported China was assessing the virus’ prevalence and results were expected in the coming weeks. Since the first outbreak of this bird flu in 2013, 1,320 human cases have been recorded in China, including 492 deaths, according to FAO figures

March 17, 2017
Chine Informations, Xinhuanet, Reuters

China's confirms sixth bird flu outbreak at duck farm in Hubei province

China confirmed a bird flu outbreak, the sixth case in China since last October, at a duck farm in central Hubei province, according to a Ministry of Agriculture statement. The H7N9 strain of the virus has caused 161 deaths in China since last October. There were 61 fatalities and 160 cases of human infection from H7H9 bird flu up to February, a government spokesperson added

March 14, 2017
March 15, 2017
Shanghai Daily, hk.news.yahoo.com

China bird flu death toll rises to 161 in worst outbreak since 2009

China reported 61 deaths and 161 cases of human infection from H7N9 bird flu in February, the government said, much higher than in previous years, and bringing the death toll in this winter’s outbreak to 161 since October

March 13, 2017
Reuters, Xinhuanet, Reuters, Prensa Latina, cri.cn

China reports six new bird flu cases, one death

China is reporting six new cases of H7N9 bird flu, including one death in Hunan, after live poultry markets were shuttered in the province last month. This brings the total number of fatalities to 162 since last October. Health authorities said the cold and wet weather in Hunan played a role in the spread of the virus. The Huffington Post described the H7N9 outbreak as the worst bird flu epidemic in China since 2013

April 2, 2007
April 2, 2017
South China Morning Post, China.org, Correio do Brasil, The Star Kenya, 20 Minutos.com, The Huffington Post

Communicable diseases

Three mutations could make bird flu a potential pandemic: study

Scientists have identified three mutations that, if they occurred at the same time in nature, could turn a strain of bird flu now circulating in China into a potential pandemic virus that could spread among people. The flu strain, known as H7N9, now mostly infects birds but it has infected at least 779 people in outbreaks in and around China, mainly related to poultry markets. Researchers led by James Paulson of the Scripps Research Institute in California looked at mutations that could potentially take place in the H7N9 virus`s genome. The team`s findings, published in the journal PLoS Pathogens, showed that in laboratory tests, mutations in three amino acids made the virus more able to bind to human cells - suggesting these changes are key to making the virus more dangerous to people

June 15, 2017
June 16, 2017
New Delhi Times

The World Is Not Ready for the Next Pandemic

Time magazine reviews the global state of affairs in world healthcare through the prism of current virus worry H7N9. It says the virus has started jumping from chickens to humans and is a killer. During a recent spike, 88% of people infected got pneumonia, three-quarters ended up in intensive care with severe respiratory problems and 41% died. It may not spread easily from person to person, yet, but the longer it spends in humans the more it might mutate and the contagion spread

May 4, 2017

Why Chinese scientists are more worried than ever about bird flu

Chinese scientists are more worried about bird flu now than ever before. In an interview with Guan Yi, director of Hong Kong University’s virology lab, he explained how his work studying the evolution of avian influenza has led him to conclude H7N9 is more lethal than it was ten years ago, now it can kill chickens in a day. The virus is mutating fast and in rare cases where humans catch it, a third of them die. He fears a global pandemic and says preventing it depends on how well the governments of individual countries collaborate

April 12, 2017

The Real Threat to National Security: Deadly Disease

Epidemiologist, Michael T. Osterholm and film maker, Mark Olshaker call U.S. budget proposals to raise military spending but cut funding for health and research bodies tasked with vaccine development, combatting antibiotic resistance and new infectious diseases misguided. They say these agencies fell short in their response to Zika. They wonder if something like H7N9 could be a new pandemic. They say that if left unchecked drug resistant infections will kill more people worldwide than cancer and diabetes combined

March 24, 2017
New York Times

WHO says bird flu outbreaks raise alarm, but human risks still low

WHO says the risk of sustained human transmission of H7N9 bird flu in China is low, but because the surge in human cases there is worrying the situation requires constant monitoring

March 1, 2017