Bird flu is evolving in Chinese poultry; the WHO says avian flu has spread to humans for the first time

Thursday, October 18, 2018
By Paul Martin

by: Edsel Cook
Thursday, October 18, 2018

The first diagnosed human case of H7N4 bird flu has appeared in eastern China, reported a New Scientist article. Chinese authorities have confirmed that a woman from Jiangsu province contracted this particular avian influenza virus.

The 68-year-old patient developed symptoms on December 25, 2017. She entered the hospital for treatment on January 1, and was medically cleared for release on January 22.

“She had contact with live poultry before the onset of symptoms,” reported a spokesperson for Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP) regarding the now-recovered bird flu patient.

“According to a report from the Chinese center for disease control and prevention, upon analysis, the genes of the virus were determined to be of avian origin.”

The CHP warned Hong Kong residents who needed to visit the mainland or other affected areas to avoid wet markets, live poultry markets, or farms.

Travelers were also advised to keep their distance from backyard poultry, freshly slaughtered animals, and droppings. If they had to visit any place with live poultry, they were required to strictly follow personal and hand hygiene practices.

“Travelers returning from affected areas should consult a doctor promptly if symptoms develop, and inform the doctor of their travel history for prompt diagnosis and treatment of potential diseases,” the CHP alert recommended.

Hong Kong reported the first human cases of bird flu in 1997, when the H5N1 virus killed six people. The semi-autonomous city is a high-risk area for potential pandemics due to its population density and its regional and international transport hubs. (Related: World health chief stokes the panic fires by warning that a catastrophic global pandemic is imminent… humanity WIPEOUT foreshadowed?)

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