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Published on May 16th, 2013 | by Tom


WHO: H7N9 is Considered as One of Most Deadly Viruses

The outbreak of H7N9 bird flu has spread to the whole China, infecting more than one hundred people and killing 22 people until now. As regarded as one of the most deadly viruses, it has spread into the Taiwan, the outside of the mainland.

As reported, a 53-year-old Taiwan businessman got infected during his travel time in mainland. It is the first case outside the mainland.

American Centers for Disease Control has kept an eye on the virus. Some antibiotics may be invalid for them. An expert from the CDC Influenza laboratory found some strains of H7N9. And they declared that if the virus continues their process of variation, it may become resistant to antiviral drugs like Tamiflu and Relenza.

Dr. Joseph, an expert of flu, said that it is a great chance that H7N9 may develop into human-to-human transmission. No official confirmation and so far no person-to person transmission of the virus has been reported.

When two or three people in a family have been infected by one single virus, it is unclear that whether they were getting the virus through the contact with the infected birds or simply infected form each other. However, at the moment people still don’t know the reason why people get infected. Led by the WHO and Chinese government, an international team of scientists has been formed and has spent five days in the investigation of the virus. However, people still unable to determine whether the virus is interpersonal transmitted.

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