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Published On: Mon, Apr 29th, 2013

China H7N9 bird flu outbreak grows to 126 cases, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang urges vigilance against the virus

The Chinese  National Health and Family Planning Commission has notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of addition confirmed human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9), according to a WHO update April 29.

With the addition of the new cases, the WHO says  there is now a total of 126 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus including 24 deaths.

The two new fatalities are from previously reported positive patients from Jiangsu province.

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, who visited the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),urged health officials to remain vigilant against the lethal virus. “We cannot afford to take it easy or relax, as we are facing a new virus,” he said Sunday. “We should be prepared for any possible development.”

Li said the government will continue to cooperate with international organizations, release information openly and improve public awareness of the virus.

A new development on the bird flu front is that Chinese scientists have confirmed that the  avian influenza A(H7N9) virus  has been transmitted to humans from chickens.

In a newly published study in The Lancet, researchers say  that chickens in poultry markets were a source of human infections meant that controlling the disease in these places and in these birds should be a priority.

Lead researcher, Kwok-Yung Yuen of the University of Hong Kong said, “The evidence … suggests it is a pure poultry-to-human transmission and that controlling (infections in people) will therefore depend on controlling the epidemic in poultry.”

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He regularly writes about infectious disease news for Examiner.com and administers the Outbreak News section of The Global Dispatch.

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  3. We will never be prepared for a bird flu pandemic as the lead-time to create a vaccine and distribute it to the masses will ALWAYS come too late to save us. In this respect by comparing the global response of the 2009 Swine Flu pandemic (modern day response) with the 1918 Spanish Flu, the vaccines will arrive at least 2 months after any human-to-human killer virus has done its worst. In this respect the Spanish flu killed up to a 100 million humans in the 2nd wave, when it had mutated into a human-to-human killer and where it finished its mass killing predominantly a mere 6 months after the first death.
    In 2009 the swine flu vaccine was only authorised after 7 months 1 week for use by the US authorities. Therefore add another month for the start of mass production and the first supplies of the vaccine to be available and you have at least 2 months after the Spanish Flu did its worst – note that most killer variants are similar to the 1918 virus.

    Indeed, even after 1 year of the first Swine Flu death, only 30% of the American population had been given the Swine Flu vaccine. The problem is logistics and the time it takes to create a vaccine that is the problem. Therefore even if scientists could reduce the time in half for a mass vaccine to be provided, it would still be too late to save the majority of people and in the order of 95%.

    Therefore the vaccine strategy is sheer madness and where it will do nothing to stop 100s of millions dying the next time around. Indeed the only strategy that has worked was the ‘source’ strategy in Hong Kong in 1997 that stopped the killer virus in its tracks. But because this had not the ten of billions in drug sales it was killed off by the giant pharmaceutical companies and Nature Magazine in 2008.

    The big question is when will humanity wise up on the situation before it all too late and all of us have lost a relative, friend or loved one? For that is what will happen and a minimum of 300 million will go this time.

    The effect on the world economy will be devastating and make the financial meltdown look like a storm in a teacup.

    We really have to start and realise that big Pharma and their friends like Nature Magazine are only interested in huge profits and not the survival of humankind. There inhumane actions and crimes against humanity can attest to this. Indeed over the past 4 years the major pharmaceutical companies have paid over $13 billion in fines for fraud if people undertake a Google search.

    Therefore we must implement the ‘source’ strategy for the good of our children and loved ones – http://www.thewif.org.uk/home.php?xy=1280&pl=win32 or http://avian-influenza.cirad.fr/content/download/1931/11789/file/Kennedy-F-Shortridge.pdf

    For tomorrow will be too late to save your children it has to be said . You owe it to them to make our politicians use common sense and drop the vaccine strategy to that of the ‘source’ strategy’ that worked in 1997.

    Dr David Hill
    World Innovation Foundation

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