Published On: Thu, Apr 18th, 2013

China bird flu outbreak now at 87 cases, Hong Kong investigating suspected cases

The China National Health and Family Planning Commission notified WHO of an additional five laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus from Jiangsu (1), Zhejiang (2), Henan (1) Provinces, and Shanghai Municipality (1), according to a WHO Global Alert and Response today.

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This brings the total laboratory confirmed cases to 87. The number of deaths remains unchanged at 17. The number of cases (deaths) were reported from the following areas: Anhui 3 (1), Henan 3 (0), Jiangsu 21 (3) and Zhejiang 27 (2) and two Municipalities Beijing 1 (0) and Shanghai 32 (11).

The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) reported receiving one notification of a suspected cases of avian influenza A(H7N9). This bring the total suspected cases, that fulfilled reporting criteria, to one dozen.

However, a CHP spokesman stressed, “Locally, no confirmed human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been recorded so far.”

Health officials remind travelers not to visit wet markets with live poultry in the affected areas, and to avoid direct contact with poultry, birds or their droppings. If contact has been made, they should thoroughly wash hands with soap and water.

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  1. Dr David Hill - World Innovation Foundation says:

    In 2007 a certain Ab Osterhaus, a principal adviser to the WHO on virus based pandemics made the announcement on a US pharmaceuticals’ website that he had been the first to determine that the H1N1 virus had mutated to a human-to-human killer (Osterhaus had just become one of their principal advisers. In the Dutch press he was loathed by the animal rights people for experimenting on animals without a government license – he was a law unto himself). His assertions was untrue that he was the first and where Professor Kennedy Shortridge a former member of our Foundation was the person who first identified this. Kennedy was awarded the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize, the Prince Mahidol Award, for his work and where with Margaret Chan (now D-G of the WHO) stopped the killer pandemic
    going any further than Hong Kong in 1997. No drugs were required and the virus was stopped in its tracks at ‘source’. This is important as you will see.

    When we contacted the US pharmaceutical company concerned we challenged them and where after contacting
    Osterhaus they would get back to us. To this day they never have done.

    A few months later a certain Declan Butler of Nature magazine and an old time friend of Osterhaus contacted our Foundation
    to undertake what he described as a very interesting story on the Foundation. At that time we thought that Nature were a magazine of impeccable integrity and decided that we would work with Butler.

    At the same time an international conference had been arranged in Thailand in January 2008 concerning the threat of Avian flu and different perspectives of how to stop it happening. Professor Shortridge was a keynote speaker and
    where he was to deliver the ‘first’ global presentation of his ‘source’ strategy not based upon the use of drugs. Visit the WIF’s website to download Professor Shortridge’s source strategy that worked to stop the avian killer flu pandemic happening in 2007 in Hong Kong or click on http://avian-influenza.cirad.fr/content/download/1931/11789/file/Kennedy-F-Shortridge.pdf

    The article by Nature magazine was published on the very same day as Prof. Shortridge’s keynote speech but where the article ridiculed the Foundation and was not we were led to believe that the article would be about. Butler had in fact gone behind our backs and misquoted people from the Foundation and where most have apologised for what Butler printed.

    The reason for this was clear, Osterhaus and the big Pharma did not want this alternative source strategy to see the light of day as there were not the billions upon billions in drug sales. Indeed they did stop this strategy with the article as the Foundation could not get any financial support to move the
    Shortridge strategy further. Nature had done their dirty work for Osterhaus and big Pharma.

    I would make you aware that the same scientists in the Netherlands (including Osterhaus) that are now creating the avian flu killer virus in the laboratories. Working from the large Pharma for their future profits again.

    But we have analysed the potential killer virus against the history of the 2009 Swine Flu and where a drugs cure for a future avian human-to-human killer virus will simply come too late as the time horizons based upon the Spanish flu also,
    are too short.

    The 1918 pandemic did its worst after the first human death between week 16 and week 26 after the second wave and where the virus had mutated into the deadly
    human-to-human mass killer. Up to 100 million perished out of a world population of around 1.5 billion (less than 25% of the population now). Therefore in a mere 6 months from initial human death, most had died an absolutely horrible suffocating death.

    Time Horizons for the 2009 Swine Flu Pandemic against the 1918 Spanish flu

    Time Scale – 0 months

    Swine Flu first detected – Influenza A, Novel H1N1 “swine flu” was first detected in Mexico City and was made public March 18, 2009. Therefore the first causality was probably at the beginning of March 2009 taking into account the incubation period.

    First Death in USA
    Time Scale + 2-months later at the end of April 2009

    1st Vaccine Approved
    Time Scale + 6 months 2 weeks

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the new swine flu vaccine for use in the United States on September 15, 2009.

    Mass Vaccine 1st ready for use in USA
    Time Scale + 7 months 1 week

    The vaccine was first ready from mass production and used on 5th October 2009 in the USA

    Most Vaccinated City in the USA by 22nd March 2010
    Time Scale + 1 year 1month 1 week
    Massachusetts vaccinated more residents against the swine flu and seasonal flu in the fall and winter than any other state.
    Up to the end of Winter (March 2010) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says 36 percent of residents were inoculated against the swine flu, also known as H1N1, compared with 21 percent nationally. Seasonal flu vaccinations were administered to 57 percent of the population, compared with 37 percent nationwide.

    A mere 36% in one USA city and where nationally only 21% had the vaccine by March 22nd 2010. This was approximately 13 months after the first human death was recorded in Mexico.
    Therefore a drug vaccine strategy is totally flawed and where most people would be dead by the time that it was available to the masses and administered.

    The world has to come to its senses before it is far too late and adopt Professor Shortridge’s strategy for our own good, as is the only one that has worked and will save the lives of literally 100s of millions.

    Dr David Hill
    World Innovation Foundation

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