BEIJING, April 6 (Xinhua) -- China has approved a new type of flu drug that it believes may be effective in treating H7N9 bird flu virus.
According to a statement issued by the China Food and Drug Administration on Saturday, the potential of injections of peramivir diluted in sodium chloride injection has been proven by preliminary tests.
Peramivir is a neuraminidase inhibitor.
As of Saturday morning, China has confirmed 16 H7N9 cases, with six people dead.
Shanghai bans entry of live poultry
SHANGHAI, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Shanghai authorities on Saturday started banning all live poultry from other parts of the country from entering the city after temporarily closing three markets to battle the H7N9 bird flu.
The authorities will launch inspections on roads to prevent live poultry from being transported into the city, said the Shanghai Municipal Agricultural Commission. Full story
More samples tested H7N9 positive in Shanghai
BEIJING, April 5 (Xinhua) -- China's agricultural authorities said Friday the infectious H7N9 virus has been detected in another 19 samples collected at the same marketplace in Shanghai, as the country reported its sixth death from the avian flu infection.
Eight of the 19 samples were collected from seven chickens and the surroundings at the same marketplace where the strain of the H7N9 virus was detected in a pigeon sample on Thursday, according to the test results by the national avian flu reference laboratory under the Ministry of Agriculture. Full story
No sign of sustained human-to-human transmission of H7N9 yet: WHO
GENEVA, April 5 (Xinhua) -- No close contacts with the 14 confirmed avian influenza H7N9 cases in China have been tested positive for the new virus to date, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
Given that all cases come from a large geographical area with no evidence of epidemic logical linkage between them, there was no sign of sustained human-to-human transmission at this moment, WHO spokesperson Gregory Hartl added. Full story
Sixth death from H7N9 bird flu reported
HANGZHOU, April 5 (Xinhua) -- East China's Zhejiang Province on Friday morning reported that a man has died from the H7N9 bird flu, bringing the death toll from the new deadly strain to six in the country.
The city has reported three infections to date, and two have died, the Health Bureau of Zhejiang Province said Friday. Full story
Hong Kong on higher alert as 7-year-old girl tested for H7N9 bird flu
HONG KONG, April 5 (Xinhua) -- Additional measures will be implemented to boost Hong Kong's resistance to, and detection of, the H7N9 bird flu virus, the city's government said Friday, as a seven-year-old girl who visited Shanghai last month was undergoing tests at a Hong Kong hospital for the deadly virus.
Secretary for Food and Health of the city's government Ko Wing- man made the pledge on the day, saying the girl had been isolated at a Hong Kong hospital. She came down with flu symptoms after contacting live poultry. Her immediate relatives have no symptoms so far. Full story