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Apr 10, 2013

Apr 10, 2013

China eyes birds as H7N9 source as human cases rise to 33

(CIDRAP News) – Five more H7N9 influenza infections have been confirmed in eastern China, all in older adults, while suspicions grow that wild birds may be the source and that the disease might be spreading to people through poultry environments.

Apr 09, 2013

Apr 09, 2013

CDC activates emergency center over H7N9

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Atlanta yesterday to support the response to the H7N9 influenza outbreak in China, CDC officials said in an e-mailed statement today.

Apr 09, 2013

Cases grow to 28, deaths to 9 in China's H7N9 outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – China's number of confirmed human infections with H7N9 influenza grew to 28 today, as two new cases each from Zhejiang province and Shanghai were added, according to media reports citing official sources.

Apr 08, 2013

Apr 08, 2013

CDC waiting for H7N9 sample to speed test kits

(CIDRAP News) – A human isolate of the novel H7N9 influenza virus from China—needed for the development of diagnostic test kits and related efforts—is expected to arrive at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within 2 days, a CDC official said today.

Apr 08, 2013

China's H7N9 outbreak total grows to 24

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese health officials have reported eight more H7N9 infections, one of them fatal, since Apr 5, most of them men age 55 and older, including two who had mild infections.

All of them are from the same areas of eastern China that have already reported cases. Five are from Shanghai, two are from neighboring Jiangsu province, and one patient is from Anhui province. The new cases lift the total to 24 infections, 7 of them fatal.

Apr 05, 2013

Apr 05, 2013

China confirms H7N9 in poultry, more human cases

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese agriculture officials today confirmed the H7N9 virus in chickens and pigeons from Shanghai markets, providing new clues about how humans may have been exposed to the virus, which has since yesterday been detected in two more people.

Apr 05, 2013

CDC working on vaccine, tests for novel H7N9 virus

(CIDRAP News) – US health officials said today they are working on a potential vaccine and diagnostic tests for the novel H7N9 influenza strain in China and are warning clinicians to be alert, but they emphasized that they see no signs that the virus is spreading from person to person.

Apr 04, 2013

Apr 04, 2013

China reports more H7N9 cases, deaths; virus may be in pigeons

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese health officials today reported five more human infections, along with two more deaths, from the H7N9 avian influenza virus, which media reports said has now been detected in samples from pigeons at an agricultural market in Shanghai.

The latest reports appeared to raise the total number of cases to 14, with 6 deaths. .

Apr 03, 2013

Apr 03, 2013

Two more H7N9 cases cited; virus may be adapting to mammals

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese authorities reported two more human illnesses caused by the H7N9 avian influenza strain today, one of them fatal, as experts said genetic evidence suggests that the virus may be starting to adapt to mammals.

Apr 02, 2013

Apr 02, 2013

China reports 4 more H7N9 infections

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese health officials today reported that the H7N9 influenza virus has been detected in four more people, all in critical condition, raising the number of patients infected with the new strain to seven.

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