Flu

3:42am

Fri April 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

With Bird Flu, 'Right Now, Anything Is Possible'

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 7:27 pm

A health worker collects pigeons from a trap at People's Square in Shanghai, China, earlier this month. So far, workers have tested more than 48,000 animals for the H7N9 flu virus.
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An international dream team of flu experts assembled in China today.

Underscoring the urgency that public health agencies feel about the emergence of a new kind of bird flu, the team is headed by Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the World Health Organization's top influenza scientist.

Before he left Geneva, Fukuda explained the wide-open nature of the investigation in an interview with NPR.

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12:33pm

Wed April 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

As Bird Flu Spreads In China, The Source Remains A Mystery

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 1:19 pm

A vendor weighs a live chicken at the Kowloon City Market in Hong Kong Friday. Health authorities there have stepped up the testing of live poultry from China to include a rapid test for the H7N9 bird virus.
Lam Yik Fei Getty Images

The new bird flu in China has come with a long list of questions.

Are the 82 cases reported so far just the tip of a larger outbreak? Why does the virus cause mild symptoms in some people and severe pneumonia in others?

Perhaps the most critical question is also the simplest: How do people catch the bug?

The H7N9 virus clearly infects birds. Health workers have detected it in chickens, ducks and pigeons.

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8:32am

Sun April 14, 2013
The Two-Way

China Reports 13 Bird Flu Deaths; Cases Climb To 60

Originally published on Sun April 14, 2013 9:30 am

People sit near pigeons at a park in Shanghai Sunday. A new strain of bird flu has spread from eastern China to other provinces, with 13 deaths reported.
AP

Health officials in China say they've confirmed 11 new bird flu diagnoses, bringing the number of H7N9 infections to 60, with cases spread across several provinces, the official Xinhua news agency reports. The virus, which first infected people in Shanghai and eastern China, has now sickened at least one person in Beijing, along with two others in the central province of Henan.

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2:57am

Sun April 14, 2013
Shots - Health News

Scientists Race To Stay Ahead Of New Bird Flu Virus

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 7:01 am

Workers prepare an H7N9 virus detection kit at the Center for Disease Control in Beijing on April 3.
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A precious package arrived at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last Thursday afternoon.

Inside, packed in dry ice to keep it frozen, was a vial containing millions of viruses derived from a 35-year-old Chinese housewife who died last Tuesday of respiratory and kidney failure.

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11:44am

Fri April 12, 2013
Shots - Health News

As New Flu Cases Rise In China, U.S. Steps Up Its Response

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 12:23 pm

A child wears a mask near a closed section of a poultry market in Shanghai, where health workers detected the new bird flu, H7N9.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

The toll from a new flu strain is mounting in China.

Forty-three people have been sickened and 11 have died from the virus, the World Health Organization said Friday.

The pace of infections has quickened over the past few days, with three to five cases reported daily.

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