H7N9 – It’s complicated

  • May 3, 2013

Findings The novel avian influenza A H7N9 virus originated from multiple reassortment events. The HA gene might have originated from avian influenza viruses of duck origin, and the NA gene might have transferred from migratory birds infected with avian influenza viruses along the east Asian…

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H7N9 US Customs Seize Chickens In Cooler From Vietnam

  • May 2, 2013

20 Chickens…In A Cooler?!?!?! Really!?!??!  From Vietnam!  Yikes! US Customs seized 20 defeathered Chinese Silkies, a white fluffy variety of chicken known for being both great pets and great eating out of a cooler in a Vietnamese passengers luggage. The meat was the color of…

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CDC issues a new MMWR on H7N9

  • May 1, 2013

Emergence of Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Virus Causing Severe Human Illness — China, February–April 2013 CDC just issued a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report better known as MMWR today on the emerging health risk known to us as H7N9.  On March 29, 2013, the China…

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H7N9 – What Happens Next?

  • April 26, 2013

What happens next? Who knows!!!!  Really, anything is possible.  Virus replication is a random act and anything could happen.  This includes that it fizzles out, it stays in the background (like the current status of H5N1) or it becomes our next pandemic.  No one knows.…

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#H7N9 on the move!

  • April 24, 2013

Taiwan First Case Taiwan health authorities confirmed the island's first human infection of H7N9 avian flu on Wednesday. A 53-year-old Taiwanese man was confirmed to be infected with the new type of bird flu virus. The patient is believed to have been infected outside Taiwan…

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