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First Human Case of H7N4 Bird Flu Confirmed
Shawna Williams | Feb 15, 2018
The woman, a resident of southeast China, has since recovered.
Unraveling H7N9’s History
Kate Yandell | Dec 30, 2014
An analysis of stored samples shows that H7N9 precursor H9N2, a virus widespread in chickens, has shown increased fitness in recent years.
Abby Olena | Jan 20, 2014
The death of a medical worker in China prompts worries that the virus can spread between humans.
Evolution of H7N9
Erin Weeks | Sep 20, 2013
Genetic diversity helped avian influenza A viruses make the leap from birds to humans, researchers report.
Speaking of Science
Staff | Sep 1, 2013
September 2013's selection of notable quotes
Multiple Bird Flu Threats Lurk
Kate Yandell | Aug 23, 2013
The avian influenza virus H7N7, a cousin to H7N9, has been found in Chinese live poultry markets.
Week in Review: August 5–9
Jef Akst | Aug 9, 2013
Flu researchers propose H7N9 studies; NIH makes deal to share HeLa genome; herbal “remedies” can cause cancer; scientists record grid cell activity in humans
Bird Flu Spreads Between People
Dan Cossins | Aug 7, 2013
The H7N9 avian flu strain appears to have been transmitted from human to human for the first time, but its ability to jump between people is limited.
Bird Flu Experiments Proposed
Ed Yong | Aug 7, 2013
In a bid to avoid the controversy that dogged H5N1 research last year, flu researchers have published a letter proposing how to approach potentially dangerous research on H7N9.
Kate Yandell | Jul 19, 2013
Chinese scientists confirm that the avian flu virus subtype can spread through the air between ferrets.
Drug Resistant Avian Flu
Edyta Zielinska | May 29, 2013
Three patients infected with the new H7N9 bird flu have developed resistance to antiviral drug treatment, causing great concern among doctors.
H7N9 Bird Flu Spreads Between Ferrets
Kate Yandell | May 24, 2013
The virus is able to transmit between the small mammals, but does not appear to spread readily through human-to-human contact.
Kate Yandell | May 2, 2013
An analysis of the novel virus indicates it’s descended from at least four different bird flu strains.
Mysterious Avian Influenza in China
Kate Yandell | Apr 3, 2013
Two people have died and five have fallen ill from the H7N9 virus.