Four Dead as New Bird Flu Breaks out in China

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According to a report from Bloomberg, a new strain of bird flu has emerged in eastern China and it has killed afourth person. The virus,  H7N9 strain of the avian flu, has infected poultry workers in Shanghai and there are more cases suspected in the city. This can be a very dangerous thing for an area that is so densely populated where the virus can spread quickly. The article states that there is no current evidence of human to human contact, but it was detected in pigeon samples in Shanghai Square. This shows the the virus has spread outside of the poultry factories and has moved into an area where it can contact with more people.

The good news is that the certain pharmaceutical drugs have fought the virus in trials, but the fact remains that four people are already dead from the disease. This number is worrisome given the recent outbreaks of viruses such as the H1N1 strain that killed 284,500 people according to the United States CDC. The other bird flu strain has infected more than 600 people and killed 60 percent according to the article.

As of right now it seems that all anyone can do is wait and see if more cases arise. Given China’s immense and clustered population, I wouldn’t be surprised if more cases are reported shortly. The good news is that certain drugs have been showing signs of fighting the disease so hopefully we won’t see another global epidemic like in 2009.
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4 Responses to Four Dead as New Bird Flu Breaks out in China

  1. Today, Chinese officials ordered the slaughter of 20k Chickens in poultry trading area. Is this a necessary action or is it simply the control of contagion and concerns among the population? Regulators intend to keep all poultry markets closed until there is further insight to causes of the avian flu.

  2. The order for the slaughter of 20k chickens came with the news of a sixth person dead. It’s easy to see from the news articles that the people are becoming increasingly wary of their government. Last month about 16k pigs were found dead in drinking water that flows to a major city. People are still angry that the government didn’t know what was going on. These new developments of bird flu are sure to stoke these fires even more.

  3. We’ve had poultry farms in the area forced to slaughter far more than 20k in response to avian flu. The reason there, however, was to prevent the spread to other flocks in the area, not to protect humans. BTW 20k is a small number.