Beijing, June 10 (IANS) A total of 131 H7N9 avian flu cases have been reported on the Chinese mainland, including 39 cases resulting in deaths, authorities said. Of the total, 78 H7N9 patients have been discharged from hospitals after receiving treatment. The other 14 patients are being treated in hospitals, reported Xinhua Sunday citing the National Health and Family Planning Commission. It said the China’s confirmed H7N9 virus cases are isolated and there has been no sign of human-to-human transmission. 

The H7N9 bird flu is a form of the Influenza virus A. Detecting the presence of this virus is very difficult because it does not cause illness in poultry. It is a virulent form of the H1N1 virus and has a much higher fatality rate.  What is H7N9?

H7N9 bird flu is a form of avian flu that is spread from infected poultry to humans. In the name given to the disease, the H7 stands for ‘haemaglutinin’ or HA. Haemaglutinin is a glycoprotein found on the surface of the influenza virus. Its main function is to cause the agglutination (clumping of particles/cells) of blood. HA has 17 different parts and they are labeled as part H1 to H17. H7 is the type ofhaemaglutinin found in this particular virus. The ‘N7’ stands for Viral neuraminidase, its main function is to help viral DNA enter the patients’ cells and cause infection. Like Haemaglutinin, Viral neuraminidasealso has a number of parts and N9 is the type of neuraminidase found in this particular virus. Read more… 

  • Eye

    REALITY CHECK: Divide 131 by 1.3 billion and you will come up with a figure of cases per 50,000,000 people, why is this even news???

    • Faultbreak

      This is news because it is only a matter of time until the amino acid changes and it mutates and is communicable person to person. When that happens, it will be a worldwide pandemic, and if the mortality rate stays this high, you can bet well more than 50 million people will DIE. It will be the worst pandemic in history. So far, the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic is the worst in history (worse even than the bubonic plague, aka black plague), and that was without global travel like we have today. That had a mortality rate of only about 0.05%, but this strain is showing a mortality rate of 27.4%. That means that if the mortality rate stays this high, 1 in 4 people you know that get infected WILL DIE. Right now, you can only get this from birds, but it really is just a matter of time until it transfers from people. BTW, 95% of those infected had to be hospitalized. It’s that nasty of a flu, and it’s resistant to the current drugs we have. If this spreads faster than we can create a vaccine, then we will really be screwed. So, you ask, why is this even news?!?! This should be the biggest effing story on the effing front pages, you idiot.