On Saturday, a 7-year-old girl is the latest person to be infected with bird flu in China
Her case was the one of the eleven people out of 51 that has died from a new deadly disease called H7N9 otherwise known as bird flu.
The World Health Organization and China’s health ministry are closely monitoring poultry markets and death cases to identify the source of the infection.
“I think this disease can be prevented if all birds are taken away from human contact also people who have been diagnosed with the disease should be separated to prevent from spreading the flu just in case,” said junior Jessica Real.
The virus is normally found in birds and was never known to infect people until last month. So far WHO said that there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission.
Cities in China are suspending trade with live poultry to try and contain the problem.
“This disease is definitely very serious with how fast it is moving from person to person and I think that they also need to investigate more on the birds and compare a bird with the disease and without it,” said freshman Brooke Miller.
As of right now a vaccination is in process but doctors believe a vaccine won’t be available for months.
Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced Friday that officers will select 30 birds out of every 1,000 and collect blood samples as well as swabs of saliva to detect H5 and H7 from imported poultry.
Sophomore Kaityln Kelly said, “I think they are doing the right steps in order to find the solution to this problem and I hope they can come to a conclusion quickly.