The human influenza A (H3N2) virus was widespread in many countries in the 2014-2015 winter season, causing more morbidity and mortality. Through an antigenic modeling, it was discovered that the recent H3N2 viruses constitute two distinct antigenic clusters, which may account for its disease burden in the 2014-2015 winter season.
We assessed the effect of closing live poultry markets in China on influenza A(H7N9) virus detection and viability. Intensive sampling was carried out before, during, and after a 2-week citywide market closure; the markets were cleaned and disinfected at the beginning of the closure period. Swab samples were collected at different sites within the markets and tested for H7N9 by real-time reverse transcription PCR and culture. During the closure, H7N9 viral RNA detection and isolation rates in retail markets decreased by 79% (95% CI 64%–88%) and 92% (95% CI 58%–98%), respectively. However, viable H7N9 virus could be cultured from wastewater samples collected up to 2 days after the market closure began. Our findings indicates that poultry workers and the general population are constantly exposed to H7N9 virus at these markets and that market closure and disinfection rapidly reduces the amount of viable virus.
Photo Credit – Wikipedia # 10,485 Although it runs contrary to to what some in the `popular press’- and some activists - would like to project, there is a substantial body of evidence showing that antiviral medications – like oseltamivir (aka...
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