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Apr 01, 2013

Apr 01, 2013

China reports three H7N9 infections, two fatal

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese health officials yesterday announced three severe respiratory infections, two of them fatal, from H7N9 influenza, a subtype that has not been known to infect humans before.

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 11, 2013

Apr 11, 2013

CDC airs H7N9 worries as report profiles early victims

(CIDRAP News) – US health officials voiced concern about the emerging H7N9 influenza virus in China today as a report in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) described the severe illnesses that killed three of the first patients identified.

Apr 16, 2013

Apr 16, 2013

China reports 14 more H7N9 infections, 2 fatal

(CIDRAP News) – The eastern China epicenter of the H7N9 avian flu outbreak reported 14 new cases today, along with two more deaths, moving the total to 78 cases, 16 of them fatal.

Apr 18, 2013

Apr 18, 2013

CDC offers antiviral guidance for possible H7N9 cases

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released initial antiviral guidance to help health workers prevent and manage H9N7 avian flu cases that may one day be detected in the United States.

Apr 26, 2013

Apr 26, 2013

CDC: Labs take lead role in H7N9 preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today issued an update on routine preparedness steps it is taking to protect the country if the novel H7N9 virus in China starts spreading among humans.

May 01, 2013

May 01, 2013

US labs progress with H7N9 studies as CDC urges readiness

(CIDRAP News) – As labs in the United States study how the H7N9 virus behaves in humans and animals, state and local health officials should dust off their pandemic preparedness plans in case the virus becomes a bigger threat, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

May 10, 2013

May 10, 2013

Groups take next H7N9 vaccine step amid questions about summer spread

(CIDRAP News) – The steep decline in H7N9 cases in China has influenza experts wondering if poultry market closures have slowed the disease or if the new virus is showing a summerlike decline that other avian flu viruses show, according to the latest assessments today.

May 10, 2013

Experts offer dim view of potential vaccine response to H7N9

If the H7N9 influenza virus now circulating in China evolves into a pandemic strain, the world is likely to have great difficulty providing adequate supplies of an effective vaccine in time to blunt its impact, according to a viewpoint article by three experts in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

May 23, 2013

May 23, 2013

Study: H7N9 shows limited aerosol transmission in ferrets

(CIDRAP News) – The first study in animals to test-drive transmission of the new H7N9 virus found that it can spread by the airborne route in ferrets, but not very efficiently, an international team reported today in Science.

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