Hong Kong Researchers Confirm H7N9 Mutation Enhances Viral Acquisition and Replication in Humans

A mutation in H7N9 avian flu virus that can enhance the ability of the virus to infect humans was identified by researchers from the University of Hong Kong, which made the finding public on Wednesday…Full Article: Xinhua Finance Mar 2017 Key Point The H7N9 nucleotide substitution (NS-G540A) mutation enhances viral acquisition and replication in mammalian

Antibiotic-Resistant Gene Found in 87% of Sampled Chicken Meat in Shandong Province

Drug-resistant bacteria can be found easily in China’s poultry production chain – from hatcheries to supermarkets – according to recent research by scientists from China, the US and Europe, underscoring the need for Beijing to control the use of antibiotics…Full Article: South China Morning Post Feb 2017 Key Points In April 2017, China will ban

Macao Suspends Live Poultry Trade Due to H7 Bird Flu Imported from the Mainland

Macao will suspend its live poultry trade for at least three days immediately after chicken sample tested positive for H7 strain of bird flu on Thursday [26 January 2017], the special administrative region’s health and civil affairs authorities said…Full Article: Xinhua Jan 2017 Key Point As a result of the detection, Macao will cull approximately

Hong Kong Adds Romania and Central Chile’s Quilpue to List of Banned Poultry Exporters

Hong Kong authorities announced Tuesday [10 January 2017] that they have banned the import of poultry meat and products from Chile’s Quilpue and Romania…Full Article: The Global Times Jan 2017 Key Point Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS) banned poultry imports from Quilpue [~80 miles northeast of Santiago] due to an outbreak of low