What you need to know now about H7N9 bird flu

Looking for a quick rundown of basic information about the new strain of bird flu that's infecting people in China? The Toronto Star's Jennifer Yang has a great, one-page breakdown that will get you caught up on just about everything you need to know — including how scared you should be. For the record, the answer to that is complicated. We aren't near a pandemic yet. But we do need to get a better handle on understanding how this virus works so we can stop it from spreading. It's a serious situation and the news is not all good news. But we don't seem to be at a point where anybody outside of China and the international public health community should be in an urgent crisis mode.


  1. If the virus mutates and human to human transmission occurs
    there will be no stopping it. They should be doing everything possible to stop
    that from happening.

  2. I’m in Beijing at the moment. Lots of places here have stopped serving poultry, including soft boiled eggs. Still there is nothing like the panic that apparently occurred when SARS rampaged around China. I find it somewhat strange that there have not been more cases reported … you’d think something like this would travel like wild fire here.

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