China finds new bird flu case in eastern Fujian province: Xinhua

BEIJING Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:46am EDT

1 of 3. A breeder, whose business has been affected by the H7N9 bird flu virus, walks his ducks along a road in Changzhou county, Shandong province, April 24, 2013.

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities discovered on Friday the first case of a new strain of bird flu in the eastern province of Fujian, signaling the spread of the virus which has killed 23 people in China, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The flu was first detected in March. This week, the World Health Organisation called the virus, known as H7N9, "one of the most lethal", and said it is more easily transmitted than an earlier strain that has killed hundreds around the world since 2003.

Fujian's health authority said a 65-year-old man surnamed Luo had tested positive for the virus, Xinhua reported. Thirty-seven people who had been in close contact with the man had not shown symptoms of the flu.

Chinese scientists confirmed on Thursday that chickens had transmitted the flu to humans.

This week, a man in Taiwan become the first case of the flu outside mainland China. He caught the flu while travelling in China.

(Reporting By Megha Rajagopalan; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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bettysenior wrote:
Our Foundation has been telling the world that one day the equivalent of the Spanish flu will emerge and where Margaret Chan D-G of the WHO has stated many times that it is not a matter of time but when. The problem is that the only strategy that stopped an ‘avian’ pandemic in 1997 in Hong Kong has been suppressed because there are not the tens of billions in drug sales, as the Shortridge Strategy is a ‘source’ strategy that addresses the human killer virus at its source. Nature Magazine killed the strategy off for their pharmaceuticals friends and paymasters in 2008, big Pharma.

Unfortunately a vaccine strategy will come far too late to save humans based upon the response to the Swine Flu pandemic in 2009 and the Spanish Flu in 1918 where up to 100 million died. But this time at least 300 million will perish due to far more rapid transit systems today – the fastest in 1918 was the slow boat to China. Therefore we have to come to our senses before this human-to-human killer does emerge and adopt as our primary defence the Shortridge thinking – ‘never let it happen in the first place’ – Prevention is better than cure – http://avian-influenza.cirad.fr/content/download/1931/11789/file/Kennedy-F-Shortridge.pdf
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