Bird flu is again back in China. The H7N9 strain has claimed two lives in Fujian province recently, which is located in southeast coast in China’s mainland. The poultry business there is taking a hit including its nearby province Xiamen.
Also were affected are the vegetable markets of both Punan province and Kaixunan province where a lot of poultry farms are situated.
There were 6 confirmed cases of human infection of the bird flu virus last year.
This year, the number of infected person has grown to 15 in Fujian, while there were also human infection this winter season taking place in both Zhejiang province and Shanghai province.
There was no information available concerning the death of the two victims.
There has been a recurring incidents with bird flu in China for several years now. The new infections tend to come up during winter season.
The virus is passed on from one bird to another and then to humans. There was never a case since when the virus is transferred from one human host to another.
The bird flu infection started in China in March 2013 victimizing 3 people originally. It has infected over 450 people since then with more than 170 deaths attributed to it.
In the US, one avian flu strain is identified as H5N1 virus, which is referred to as pathogenic avian flu. It means that it is highly infectious and can cause human illness. Most of the victims came in contact with sick poultry animals. The virus is highly lethal.
Avian flu was reported to begin in 2003 with over 650 people infected by it already according to the World Health Organization or WHO. It’s so deadly that 60% of those infected by it die ultimately.
The avian flu is called by different names: H7N9, H5N1, H5N8, H5N2 and so on.
There are also viral flu strains from pigs and other animals.