The Third Wave: H7N9 Endemic Reassortant Viruses and Patient Clusters

  • Yisu Liu Division of Immunology, International Institute of Infection and Immunity, Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, Guangdong, China
  • Stéphane G Paquette Division of Experimental Therapeutics, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Li Zhang Division of Immunology, International Institute of Infection and Immunity, Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, Guangdong, China
  • Alberto J Leon Division of Immunology, International Institute of Infection and Immunity, Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, Guangdong, China
  • Weidong Liu Second Affiliated Hospital of Shantou, Guangdong, China
  • Wu Xiuming Intensive Care Unit, the First Affiliated Hospital of Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, Guangdong, China
  • Linxi Huang Intensive Care Unit, the First Affiliated Hospital of Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, Guangdong, China
  • Suwu Wu Intensive Care Unit, Shantou Central Hospital, Shantou, Guangdong, China
  • Pengzhou Lin Intensive Care Unit, the First Affiliated Hospital of Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, Guangdong, China
  • Weihong Chen Intensive Care Unit, Shantou Central Hospital, Shantou, Guangdong, China
  • Xibin Fang Intensive Care Unit, Shantou Central Hospital, Shantou, Guangdong, China
  • Tiansheng Zeng Division of Immunology, International Institute of Infection and Immunity, Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, Guangdong, China
  • Nikki Kelvin Dipartimento di Storia, Scienze dell'Uomo e della Formazione Universita di Sassari, Italy
  • Amber Farooqui Division of Immunology, International Institute of Infection and Immunity, Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, Guangdong, China
  • David J Kelvin Division of Immunology, International Institute of Infection and Immunity, Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, Guangdong, China
Keywords: H7N9, Influenza, Pnuemonia

Abstract

Southern China experienced few cases of H7N9 during the first wave of human infections in the spring of 2013. The second and now the third waves of H7N9 infections have been localized mostly in Southern China with the Guangdong province an epicenter for the generation of novel H7N9 reassortants. Clusters of human infections show human-to-human transmission to be a rare but well-documented event. A recent cluster of infections involving hospital health care workers stresses the importance of care givers utilizing personal protective equipment in treating H7N9 infected or suspected patients.

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Author Biography

Yisu Liu, Division of Immunology, International Institute of Infection and Immunity, Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, Guangdong, China

 

 

Published
2015-02-19
How to Cite
1.
Liu Y, Paquette SG, Zhang L, Leon AJ, Liu W, Xiuming W, Huang L, Wu S, Lin P, Chen W, Fang X, Zeng T, Kelvin N, Farooqui A, Kelvin DJ (2015) The Third Wave: H7N9 Endemic Reassortant Viruses and Patient Clusters. J Infect Dev Ctries 9:122-127. doi: 10.3855/jidc.6759
Section
Emerging Problems in Infectious Diseases