Avian flu could strike Asian poultry markets outside China

Particularly in cities near water, H7N9 influenza could take hold, researchers predict

By Tina Hesman Saey, 10:12 AM June 17, 2014

If it spreads beyond China’s borders, the H7N9 avian influenza virus could take hold in Vietnam’s Mekong and Red River deltas, the Bengal region of India and in parts of the Philippines and Indonesia, a new study predicts.

The virus has infected 449 people in China, many of whom had visited live poultry markets. “We don’t know where it will be introduced next,” says Marius Gilbert, an epidemiologist at the Universit√© Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. But he and his colleagues analyzed environmen...

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