H7N9 flu makes a comeback

H7N9 flu makes a comeback

By Science News Staff, 10:15 AM January 29, 2014

Guest post by Beth Mole

The World Health Organization has documented almost 100 cases of the H7N9 avian flu virus in the first month of 2014. Chinese state-run media, Xinhua, reports that 19 of those infected have died.

Case numbers from early 2014 already rival those of 2013, in which health experts reported around 149 cases and 46 deaths total.

Poultry markets continue to be a source of infection in 2014, said virologist Hualan Chen of the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute in China. In a Ja...

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