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Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Emergence Of New Bird Flu Strain In China

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces and an editorial written in response to reports of a new strain of bird flu — H7N9 — emerging from China. Peter Christian Hall, Reuters’ “The Great Debate”: “Memories of China’s repression of news during its tumultuous 2002-03 SARS outbreak could…

Journalists, Experts Discuss China’s Response To H7N9 Outbreak

In a conversation in the ChinaFile blog, David Wertime, co-founder and co-editor of Tea Leaf Nation, an English-language online magazine that analyzes Chinese social media, speaks with Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations; journalist Isabel Hilton; Donald Clarke, a professor at the…

WHO Considers Sending Experts To China As Death Toll From H7N9 Virus Hits 7

The WHO “is talking with the Chinese government about sending international experts to China to help investigate a new bird flu strain that has sickened at least 24 people, killing seven of them,” the Associated Press reports. “A 64-year-old retired man in Shanghai became the latest victim of the H7N9…

FAO Report Warns Zoonosis Becoming More Common; MERS Can Infect Camels, Research Shows

“About 70 percent of new diseases infecting humans in recent decades have come from animals, the United Nations food agency … reported [Monday], warning that it is getting easier for diseases to jump species and spread as the population, agriculture and food-supply chains grow,” the U.N. News Centre reports. According…

China Reports First Human Case Of H10N8 Bird Flu

“Chinese authorities said Wednesday that a 73-year-old Chinese woman died after being infected with a bird flu strain that had sickened a human for the first time, a development that the [WHO] called ‘worrisome,'” the Associated Press reports (Wong, 12/17). “The [H10N8] virus has been detected in birds since 1965…

WHO Reports New MERS Cases In Saudi Arabia, UAE

News outlets report on new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases identified in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Reuters: Six new cases of MERS virus hit Saudi Arabia, UAE “Another five people in Saudi Arabia and one in the United Arab Emirates have become infected with the potentially deadly…