China poultry identified as source of virus

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- So far over 100 people in China died from the bird flu.

In China, the H7N9 virus has reported over 375 human cases since March 2013. According to a study published in the Journal of Virology, quail and chicken are likely sources of this virus.

Corresponding author, David Suarez of the United States Department of Agriculture says this finding is helpful in better preventing human infections.

"With this information, better decisions can be made to control and hopefully eradicate the virus," Suarez said.

After infecting seven different species of poultry, Suarez and collaborators found detection to be difficult. None of the species that were infected showed symptoms from the virus. However, they found that the virus replicated the most in quail and chicken.

Researchers also looked at pekin ducks, and pigeons.

Written by: Brittany Linton, WUSA9


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