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Eine gemeinsame Studie der World Health Organization (WHO) und der chinesischen Regierung hat gezeigt, dass Geflügelfarmen wahrscheinlich die Quelle des H7N9-Virus sind, das bislang 36 Menschen getötet hat.

Letzten Monat hat der WHO eine gemeinsame Kommission von Experten nach China geschickt, um Erhebungen in Peking und Shanghai durchzuführen. Die aktuelle Studie, die von der WHO in Auftrag gegeben wurde, wurde von einer Gruppe weiterer Sachverständiger beurteilt und von der National Health and Family Kommission am Samstag veröffentlicht.

Nach Angaben der South China Morning Post:

The report said H7N9 had a higher potential for human-to-human transmission than any other known bird-flu virus, but added that there was no evidence supporting that such transmission had already taken place.    Apart from the three family clusters reported by the commission earlier, all the remaining cases were sporadic.

It said H7N9 had infected more patients in a shorter time than other bird-flu viruses, and some samples had shown genetic alterations, which meant the organism had adapted to be more contagious than other avian-influenza viruses.    Among the 104 confirmed cases, 72 per cent have had exposures to poultry and poultry markets. It said poultry farms were likely the source of infections.

“Although the virus was not found in poultry farms yet, they are likely the source of the virus, which spread further in the live-poultry markets and eventually infected humans.”    The report said it was uncertain why there were more elderly male patients than others, and the researchers were not sure if this was related to the behavioural patterns of older men.

Die Wahrheit ist doch eigentlich:

“Nichts genaues weiß man nicht!”

abgesehen von:  Seit dem Ausbruch der Vogelgrippe wurden 130 H7N9-Infektionen gemeldet und 36 Menschen starben.