Flu Virus Origins Discovered by Scientists
Scientists from the China Academy of Agricultural Sciences have now discovered that the H7N9 flu virus that is affecting human has almost the gene sequence of the H7N9 virus that is found in live poultry. Also Taiwan has now confirmed their first case of human infection of the H7N9 flu virus.
The Taiwanese patient has been infected outside of Taiwan after returning from Suzhou City after three days in Jiangshu is showing the symptoms. And no further cases are being reported on the mainland as of the moment. The country’s health commission also said that new cases of the H7N9 flu virus will be reported every week and not on a daily basis.
The H7N9 flu virus is found to have the combination of genes from various viruses. Six of their inner genes are said to come from the H9N2 bird flu virus, but the origins of its hemagglutinin gene and the neuraminidase gene are still to be determined. And further work is needed to explore sources and the transmission channels of the flu virus.
So far the new strain of the virus have killed 22 people in China and is said to be one of the most lethal and the most easily transmissible to humans that the earlier strain that have already killed hundreds around the world. The first cases of the H7N9 virus were first discovered in Shanghai and have been detected in Beijing and five other provinces.