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The Lancet. Reducing exposure to avian influenza H7N9

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  • The Lancet. Reducing exposure to avian influenza H7N9

    [Source: The Lancet, full text: (LINK). Extract.]
    The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 10 May 2013


    Reducing exposure to avian influenza H7N9

    Original Text

    Jianguo Xu, Shan Lu, Haiyin Wang, Chen Chen

    Avian influenza H7N9 infections have extended to 39 cities in 10 provinces, infected 127 patients and killed 26 people in China as of May 1, 2013. This outbreak is very difficult to control, and covers a greater geographical area than thought. Stopping infection of people in China is a huge challenge. Two strategies could prevent new human infections: suspending farmers markets with live birds; and stopping the transport for trading of live birds carrying the virus. Of 77 patients with data available, 77% had a history of occupational or wet market exposure to poultry, and genomic analyses of the virus clearly suggest that it is from avian origin.