Bird flu roundup: 7th death reported, with escalating infections, but there is some good news

H7N9 political cartoon by Pang Li
Via China Daily

Your H7N9 avian influenza roundup, because there’s too much for the links post. We now have at least 18 cases of bird flu, by the way.

Bad news first:

And this:

But good news! “China has approved a new type of flu drug that it believes may be effective in treating H7N9 bird flu virus.” (Xinhua)

And recovery is possible. “A four-year-old boy who was confirmed to be infected with the H7N9 bird flu on Thursday has recovered, a disease control and prevention official said Monday.” (Xinhua)

Confidence matters, maybe. “China is confident it can control an outbreak of a new strain of bird flu, a senior Chinese health official said on Sunday as the World Health Organization (WHO) said there had now been 21 human cases of the H7N9 flu with six deaths. // China has said it is mobilizing resources nationwide to combat the new strain, monitoring hundreds of close contacts of confirmed cases and culling tens of thousands of birds where traces of the virus were found.” (Reuters)

China closes Nanjing poultry market. “In response, Chinese authorities have extended a ban on poultry trading to the city of Nanjing, having earlier closed markets in Shanghai. // China’s state-run news agency Xinhua said authorities had already culled tens of thousands of birds at two Shanghai poultry markets, where traces of the virus had been found earlier in the week. // Local officials in Nanjing said the virus had not been detected at its poultry markets, suggesting the trading ban is a precaution.” (BBC)

Disputed, but:

Finally…

H7N9
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One Response to “Bird flu roundup: 7th death reported, with escalating infections, but there is some good news”

  1. Philip

    Well,

    I guess no one trusts any official numbers in China…

    I would like to share some info from what people at several major embassies tell each other.
    Not saying this is reliable info:

    - the virus has already spread to most major cities along the coast line and probably inland, incl Beijing
    - Beijing had 2 deaths so far, bodies were taken outside the city to be burned
    - numbers of infections go into the thousands
    - number of deaths is said to be MANY times higher

    well even though it is still more likely getting driven over by some Chinese any given time it seems that this situation is not going to be contained.

    so, stay away from chicken on markets, avoid chicken meat consumption for the coming weeks

    have a good one

    Reply

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