First case of human-to-human transmission of H7N9 bird flu?

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There’s a mighty “might” in this, but China Daily is reporting that one person infected with bird flu might have caught the disease from a human host. An investigation by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention is underway: The family involves two brothers and their 87-year-old father, who died on March 4 and was reportedly... Read more »

Knife-Wielding Man In Guangzhou Gunned Down By Police

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Tuesday morning in Guangzhou's Huangpu District, a man believed to be mentally unstable ran around trying to chop random people with a knife. He reportedly injured two, a 45-year-old male pedestrian and the female owner of a secondhand shop, before encountering police on Dianchang Road. The man began chasing the cops, remaining ever crazy. After repeated warnings fell on deaf ears, officers pulled out firearms and, still retreating, fired several shots.

16 Dead Of H7N9 In China As Authorities Realize You Can Get Disease Without Exposure To Poultry

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China has confirmed 14 new cases of H7N9 bird flu, bringing the total to 77, according to Xinhua, with 16 reported deaths. The virus keeps getting more evolved, too. (Or something?) Beijing’s second case of H7N9 was a carrier who displayed no symptoms: this boy of four years old. The latest, via Reuters, is equally... Read more »

3-Year-Old British Boy Killed By Falling Screen In Shanghai Restaurant [UPDATE]

Restaurant in Shanghai where 3-year-old British boy killed by falling screen
Police are investigating how a three-year-old boy could have been killed by a falling screen in a restaurant in Shanghai’s downtown Huangpu District on Monday. According to Shanghai Daily, “Witnesses said the boy may have accidentally touched the screen before it fell on him. Screens are sometimes used by restaurants to divide dining areas.” The boy... Read more »

Chinese Grad Student From Shenyang Is Third Boston Marathon Bombing Victim [UPDATE]

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Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, and an as-yet unidentified Chinese national, whose family has requested anonymity, according to Xinhua, are the three killed at the Boston Marathon. Reports are that the third victim was a graduate student at Boston University, came from Shenyang, Liaoning province, and was a graduate of Beijing Institute of Technology. The deceased was... Read more »

Beijing Has Its 2nd Case Of H7N9, Though Carrier Has Yet To Show Symptoms

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Intrigue in the bird flu saga. A four-year-old boy in Beijing tested positive for H7N9 yesterday, according to the Beijing Municipal Health Bureau, but he has yet to show any symptoms. The boy’s parents, traders of poultry and fish, voluntarily went in to Beijing’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for tests recently. Only the boy’s came... Read more »

Finally, Beijing Has Its First Official Case Of H7N9 Bird Flu

Liu Yaqing, deputy director of Beijing Municipal Bureau of Agriculture
It was only a matter of time, and it's somewhat surprising it's taken this long. Xinhua reports that a seven-year-old girl in Beijing was infected with H7N9, confirmed earlier today after a test by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The girl reported symptoms on Thursday, but after checking into the hospital, she is reportedly in stable condition.