China Reports Outbreak Of Highly Contagious Bird Flu

A dangerous strain of bird flu that has been circulating in 2013 could be on the verge of snowballing into a global pandemic.

The Paris-based Organization for Animal Health said Wednesday that a farm in Shaanxi province has reported an outbreak of a highly dangerous pathogen, while a separate farm in Guangxi province has reported an outbreak of H5N6, another dangerous strain of bird flu.


The H5N6 virus killed 23,950 ducks out of a flock of 30,462 ducks, according to the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture. The remaining birds were all slaughtered..

In Shaanxi, the H7N9 virus killed 810 layers out of a flock of 1,000 birds.

Last year, the number of bird flu cases in China spiked as the annual outbreak was much worse than normal. It also saw the virus split into two distinct strains that are so different, they no longer respond to the same vaccines, according a Reuters report from late last year. H7N9 is becoming increasingly pathogenic, meaning it possesses the capacity to kill infected birds.

According to the South China Morning Post, Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin and a colleagues tested a version of the new H7N9 strain taken from a person who died from their infection last spring. They found that the virus replicated efficiently in mice, ferrets and non-human primates, and that it caused even more severe disease in mice and ferrets than a low pathogenic version of the same virus that does not cause illness in birds.

But perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the virus is its ability to spread easily from cage to cage. When placed in cages adjacent to healthy ferrets, the virus will spread easily from infected animals and health animals, suggesting the virus can be transmitted by respiratory droplets such as those produced by coughing and sneezing.

As one expert pointed out, "the work is very concerning in terms of the implications for what H7N9 might do in the days ahead in terms of human infection," said Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease expert from the University of Minnesota.

Since 2013, the H7N9 bird flu virus has sickened at least 1,562 people in China and killed at least 612. Some 40 percent of people hospitalized with the virus die.

And the number dying during each epidemic has increased dramatically in recent months.

In the first four epidemics, the virus showed few changes. But last flu season, there were some 764 cases - nearly half of the 1,562 total.

Which is why a new risk assessment tool from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks H7N9 as the leading animal flu strain with the potential of causing a human pandemic.



NoDebt pc_babe Wed, 03/07/2018 - 23:08 Permalink

"A dangerous strain of bird flu that has been circulating in 2013 could be on the verge of snowballing into a global pandemic."

I will pay $20 real cash money to every fucking member of ZH if this actually turns into a "global pandemic".


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Fascal Rascal … hedgeless_horseman Wed, 03/07/2018 - 22:49 Permalink

No worries.. new exports to U.S.

nothin better than china free range chickens.

better hurry as tariffs are coming..

beware of poultry specials at walmart...

I wonder how many American fast food restaurants source their “chicken” from china..?

do chinese chickens have slanty eyes too? or is that just those mad cows?

and we wonder why sperm counts are low..

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Implied Violins Wed, 03/07/2018 - 22:44 Permalink

Wow, I'm now reading "Dr. Mary's Monkey", right on the heels of "Lab 257".

Guess I'm missing "Dr. Chin Lo Hung's Pig", but the outcome is probably the same:

MAN-MADE FEAR PORN, with some biological basis (and maybe even nefarious origins) but that will have NO BEARING on anyone who avoids vaccines and has a healthy diet.


caustixoid Wed, 03/07/2018 - 22:46 Permalink

For the Influenza Industry 1919 is always just around the corner...'be afraid, be very afraid, and buy our drugs and vaccines if you don't want to die!'

The New Feudalism Wed, 03/07/2018 - 22:47 Permalink

Hand sanitizer applied several times a day and especially before handling food, and 2000 mg vitamin C four times a day have kept me cold and flu free this season.  That includes several trips by commercial airlines, which are notoriously germy.

And, goes without saying, NO flu shot.

Have also culturally appropriated the fist bump in lieu of the passé handshake.

aurum4040 The New Feudalism Wed, 03/07/2018 - 23:03 Permalink

Hand sanitizer weakens your immune system. Your body naturally fights off a ton of bacteria. Without 'exercising' your system to further evolve by fighting off new strains of bugs, you are are actually regressing on that level. I stopped excessive handwashing and anti bacterial soap years ago and, now, very rarely get sick. Hand sanitizer is a scam. As is the flu shot. But VITA C and no handshakes are a good idea no doubt. 

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 aurum4040 Thu, 03/08/2018 - 00:21 Permalink

I agree. I never use that crap. I was in the hospital for three weeks and the staff that used that crap were off gassing fumes. I could smell it on their breath. That crap is seriously toxic!

I have the habit of not touching my face when I am out of my house and once I am home I change clothes and wash my hands with plain soap and water. Plain liquid Ivory soap. It has no scent, it has no antibacterial agents, and no alcohol. I agree about hand sanitizer being a scam. It was sickening the fumes that were coming from the hospital staff that used hand sanitizers. I didn't care if they used that but I preferred when they used gloves or simply took the time to wash their hands at the sink (yes, I know, they are busy). There are many kinds of gloves for hospital staff. Sad when I saw a pregnant nurse putting that crap on her hands. That shit was absorbed into her skin, and her unborn baby, within a minute.

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