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Scientists Warn of Possible H7N9 Rebound

The H7N9 strain of bird flu appeared in China in February, claiming its first casualties in March. So far, there have been 130 recorded infections and 37 deaths. While anxiety over the spread of the virus is easing after recent...

Bird Flu Death Toll Rises as Virus Dissipates

Four more deaths have brought the total number of fatalities from the H7N9 bird flu to 36. Yet despite these deaths, there is evidence that the virus is not spreading as fast or as widely as many feared. From Al Jazeera: The...

Has China Learned From SARS?

In a new report on the H7N9 flu outbreak, Chinese health officials warned on Wednesday that the death toll is likely to rise. From Karen Kaplan of the Los Angeles Times: In a report on the outbreak that began in China in...

H7N9 Bird Flu Reaches Beijing

Xinhua reported on Saturday that a seven-year-old girl has become China’s 44th confirmed H7N9 sufferer, and the first in Beijing. The child is being treated at the Beijing Ditan Hospital, and is in stable condition, Zhong...

Sensitive Words: Labor Camp, Bird Flu, and More

As of April 10, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function). • Masanjia Women’s Labor Re-education Camp (马三家女子劳教所): An investigative report on the camp, which exposes...

Poultry Culls and Vaccine Labs Deployed Against Flu

China’s H7N9 flu outbreak had claimed 6 lives by Saturday, with the number of confirmed cases rising to 16. With the discovery of the virus among live poultry on sale at Shanghai markets, over 20,536 chickens, ducks, geese...

River Crab Archive: Human Cases of Bird Flu

When something disappears from the Internet in China, netizens joke that it has been “river-crabbed,” a play on the euphemism “harmonized.” The River Crab Archive is a collection of blog post titles, weibo, and other materials...

New Flu Cases Rise in Shadow of SARS

The death of a 38-year-old chef in Zhejiang from a new strain of bird flu has brought the number of reported fatalities to three, following news on Sunday of two earlier deaths in Shanghai. Ten H7N9 cases have now been...

Are Floating Pigs Behind Shanghai’s Avian Flu?

At Bloomberg, Adam Minter reports suspicions of a link between newly reported bird flu deaths in Shanghai and the thousands of dead pigs recently found in the city’s water supply: “Wash your hands, and cover your nose and...

First Known H7N9 Bird Flu Deaths Confirmed

The New York Times reports on the H7N9 virus, a new strain of bird flu that has so far killed two and left another ill: Two men have died here after contracting a strain of avian flu that had not been previously found in humans,...

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