The fatal bird flu has already killed seventeen people in China and an inspection is occurring now to find the cause. There are four cases that are currently being investigated for possibly being human to human transmission of the bird flu. It is not definite that these particular families got the flu from each other but tests are still being done. The new virus is known as H7N9 and it is possible that it doesn’t come from poultry but other animals instead. Several researchers from Geneva, the United States, and China have come together to help figure out what the likely sources are for this deadly flu. Feng Zijian is a Chinese expert on this disease and he has noted that about forty percent that have acquired this virus claimed to never have come in contact with any type of poultry. Since the World Health Organization was notified of the flu outbreak there have been eighty- three cases of infection and seventeen deaths. Pigs have been tested to find out if they were the source of the outbreak but none of the tests came out positive. One thousand poultry markets, habitats and farms from throughout China were tested for the flu and only thirty nine tested positive. Three separate families were affected by the H7N9, both children and adults and two of the adults ended up dying. This has caused officials to believe that the outbreak is from the same infected bird. This is once again a global issue because it has already affected a significant amount of people from another country. H7N9 can also be spread to other groups of people and depending on the cause and the source it may spread quicker than expected. Something like this could also lead to other issues as well and China needs to get a hold on H7N9 before it turns into a bigger problem.
Antiqua Thurston 4/19/13 12:30