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China culls birds as bird flu deaths mount | Reuters

China culls birds as bird flu deaths mount | Reuters | Virology News | Scoop.it
SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese authorities slaughtered over 20,000 birds on Friday at a poultry market in the financial hub Shanghai as the death toll from a new strain of bird flu mounted to six,...
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"The gene sequences confirm that this is an avian virus, and that it is a low pathogenic form (meaning it is likely to cause mild disease in birds)," said Wendy Barclay, a flu virologist at Britain's Imperial College London.

"But what the sequences also reveal is that there are some mammalian adapting mutations in some of the genes."

 

Sinister...but interesting that a LPAI should be so lethal in humans??

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Two men die of new "bird flu" in China

Two men die of new "bird flu" in China | Virology News | Scoop.it
Two men, aged 27 and 87, have died in the Chinese city of Shanghai after catching a strain of bird flu not previously known in humans, officials say.

 

The men, aged 27 and 87, both fell ill with the H7N9 strain in February and died some weeks later in March, Xinhua news agency reported.

 

A woman of 35 who caught the virus elsewhere is said to be critically ill.

 

It is unclear how the strain spread, but the three did not infect each other or any close contacts, officials say.

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And so it goes on: contact with birds leading to human infections with new variants / types of influenza A viruses, and a N variant never seen in humans before...universal vaccine time!!

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China closes markets, culls birds to curb H7N9 virus

China closes markets, culls birds to curb H7N9 virus | Virology News | Scoop.it
SHANGHAI - Shanghai on Friday ordered the closure of all live poultry markets in the city and culled more than 20,000 birds to curb the spread of the H7N9 flu virus which has killed six people in China.
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And so it begins...hopefully NOT!

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