H7N9 Bird Flu May Spread

H7N9 virus (a strain of Avian/Bird flu) has been reported to have infected humans in China recently with fatalities increasing in number. The first three confirmed cases of the H7N9 were reported on March 31, 2013 and as of April 16, 2013 a total of 63 patients have been confirmed with 14 fatalities making the current case fatality rate (CFR) of 22%. Most effected are the elderly.

H7N9 virus was not known to have infected humans before and is supposedly contracted directly from infected birds and poultry without human-to-human transmission  Comparative genomics analysis on human adaptation is now being performed to ascertain human transmission angle and to stop it from becoming a pandemic as scientists believe that the new bird flu strains are evolving to adapt to human cells.

H7N9 virus is particularly hard to detect in birds as it may infect them without making them sick. However, a dead pigeon from a Shanghai market has tested positive for the H7N9 strain providing the first identification of an animal host in the "wild". Considerable circumstantial evidence also suggests that migratory birds can introduce low pathogenic H5 and H7 viruses to poultry flocks in other areas. In some cases these viruses may then mutate in poultry to the highly pathogenic form.

In humans the virus has an incubation period of approximately 5-7 days and the time between the appearance of symptoms to full-blown illness only needs 1 day. Symptoms include high fever, cough and shortness of breath progressing to severe pneumonia. People being admitted to hospital need help to breathe (requiring oxygen or mechanical ventilation). It is advised to protect yourself to maintain good hand hygiene using soap or an alcohol-based hand cleanser, respiratory hygiene (cover your mouth and nose with a mask, tissue, sleeve or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing; throw the used tissue into a closed bin immediately after use; perform hand hygiene after contact with respiratory secretions) and to prepare and thoroughly cook bird food products.

The best natural preventive measure is to keep your immune system sturdy and strong. Examples of some of the very best immune boosters are Echinacea, Pau d`arco, Suma, Astragalus, Beta glucans, Aloe vera, Alkygycerol, Lactoferrin, Bovine colostrums, Glutathione,  Mangosteen. Increase the intake of natural pathogen destroyers such as Garlic, Olive leaf extract, Oil of wild mountain oregano, Grapefruit seed extract and Colloidal Silver. Additionally, take ample rest, exercise, relinquish smoking, eat a wholesome diet and avoid stress and anxiety.