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The New Avian H7N9 Flu from China
Eight people have died from it. Worldwide, 28 cases have been reported only in China, so far. The number of people infected or are sick at home is still unknown. The CDC is worried because it seems to have mutated to infect mammals. Unlike the other H5N1 strain, which infects birds, this does not, so there is little sign of what birds are carrying it.
Shanghai has destroyed literally thousands of birds and chickens. This is in the wake of over 16,000 dead pigs floating in the river from still unknown causes. Shanghai's water supply is now suspect by millions. The food industry that supports chicken sales has plummeted as the Chinese people do not trust its government.
The H7N9 seems to infect humans much more easily than the older H5N1, which has over 600 cases worldwide, mostly in Egypt, Indonesia, Vietnam and China. Of the 28 cases, most of the infected people have worked close to poultry and so far, there has been no human to human transmission of this new flu. It only comes from contacting birds in some manner. However, there is one person in quarantine with the new virus because he may have from only human to human contact (up to now, all of the infected worked processing poultry).
The H5N1 flu has a 60% mortality rate when a person has been infected. In Shanghai, over 20,000 birds were killed to combat the H7N9, including pigeons. Hospitals are jammed with worried Chinese who are now refusing to any poultry, even though the government states it is fine.
The CDC in America is quite concerned about a pandemic occurring if the new flu can be transmitted from human to human. If you are going to China, avoid all poultry contact.