Tuesday, October 15, 2013

ALERT! NEW CASE OF H7N9 BIRD FLU IN CHINA + Dead Pigs, Chickens, Ducks, & Rabbits Floating In River

The first positive case of H7N9 Bird Flu is being reported by Chinese health authorities.
It is suspected that he was exposed to H7N9 while engaged in sketching / painting wilderness landscapes.

The official initial news release is at this link:
(Machine Translation Below):

There is also a report of large numbers of dead pigs, ducks, chickens and rabbits floating in a near by river (blamed on flooding).  We suspect either the deaths, or the flooding (wetland increase) may be tied with the new H7N9 outbreak.


Zhejiang new case of human infection of H7N9 avian influenza
Release date :2013 -10-15Source: Office of the Provincial Health DepartmentViews: 4755Font Size: [ big middle small ]
Zhejiang Provincial Health Department 
October 15, 2013
      Zhejiang Provincial Health Department on October 15 briefing, Zhejiang new case of human infection of H7N9 avian influenza. 
      Patients Liu XX, male, aged 35, a company employee, now living in Shaoxing County. October 8 in Shaoxing County township first diagnosed, Shaoxing, now a hospital for treatment. 
      The provincial CDC retest the patient specimens infected with H7N9 avian influenza virus human nucleic acid positive. I Office of experts on clinical manifestations, epidemiological data and laboratory test results to discuss the diagnosis of avian influenza human infection of H7N9 confirmed cases.Currently, the patient was seriously ill, hospitals are in active treatment. 
      This is the province since the end of April has been found in the case of human infection of H7N9 avian influenza confirmed cases, my Office will fully organize the rescue work.



  2. Thanks for that info, there have been avian H7 outbreaks in other places in the last few months, but its never clear if its H7N9. If there is a tie in with duck migration out of China it could be very concerning.

  3. Why is it that these viruses always start in China?

    1. Very good question. Why always China?

    2. Agricultural practices of co-mingling pigs, ducks, poultry, and people makes China a breeding ground. But the first detection of H7N9 was in a turkey farm in Minnesota in 1988.