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  • left2rightdoor left2rightdoor Apr 8, 2013 6:08 PM Flag

    5 of 12 samples of poultry positive for H7N9

    From ISID Promed mail

    "The staff from Hangzhou City Health Bureau involved in culling activities mentioned that a total of 12 specimens were taken and 5 tested positive. The specimens included feather and foot swabs from pigeon, poultry feces, swabs of cage and console table, and sewage from leg feathers. According to the results, nucleic acid of H7N9 avian influenza virus has not yet been detected in [or on?] the body of the quail. Thus, this can only be assumed as a high risk factor.

    During these days, human infection of H7N9 avian influenza infection has touched the heart of everyone. Yesterday [6 Apr 2013], the reporter learned from the authority in Hangzhou city that Zhejiang province has identified that the 2nd case of H7N9 avian influenza infection bought and consumed quail in a live poultry market before the onset of illness and thus, it was the risk factor for the infection.

    Subsequently, relevant departments in Hangzhou city culled all the live poultry in the firm and suspended the live poultry trade in the firm. Then, the officers collected 12 types of specimens such as bird feces for laboratory testing. Later, 5 types of specimens, including feather and foot swabs from pigeon, poultry feces, swabs from cage and console table, and sewage [feces] from leg feathers, included H7N9 avian influenza virus [sic]."

    If over 40% of the poultry are testing positive for H7N9, this is going to be very difficult to control, are they going to kill all the chickens, quail and pigeons in China? Quarantine birds? Don't listen to any "analysts" who don't know what zoonotic disease means.

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    • "John Oxford, a professor of virology, at Queen Mary, University of London, warned that this could turn into a pandemic if the H7N9 virus mutated and allowed human-to-human transmission. His concerns stem from influenza's history of emerging and spreading. "

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