The Grim Way That H7N9 Kills
Deadly bird flu causes pneumonia, sepsis, respiratory distress
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2013 8:53 AM CDT
A chicken is kept in a cage waiting to be inspected by health workers in Hong Kong yesterday.   (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

(Newser) – The H7N9 bird flu—which now has infected 38 people and claimed 10 lives in China—kills in a grim fashion. A new report published yesterday on three of the victims describes a high fever, cough, severe pneumonia, septic shock, and damage to the brain, kidney, and other organs, reports the New York Times. The Los Angeles Times reports that all three developed acute respiratory distress syndrome, a condition that prevents enough oxygen from reaching the lungs. Despite receiving antiviral medications, two of the infected died in a week, the third after 13 days.

There's still no sign of the virus being passed from person-to-person; however, it appears to be a type of virus that humans and mammals "probably" have no defense against, notes the NYT. "With air travel as extensive as it is now, if this is going to spread, it will spread pretty quickly," says one flu expert with the CDC. "That's why we’re relieved to see so far that it is localized, and not efficiently going from person to person."

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PatMySecret
Apr 14, 2013 11:34 AM CDT
20% mortality rate, no vaccine for 7 months, no way to track it in a highly populous area.. Yeah, I call that scary.. New bright spot.. the drugs help.
SPHeroid
Apr 13, 2013 8:11 PM CDT
This is total bullshit... As everyone on the right knows viruses and other organisms could not possibly evolve.... God says so.......
Tscare333
Apr 13, 2013 7:01 AM CDT
Worry worry seriously too much worry,This flu is far from an epidemic and there are viruses and diseases outthere way worse than just this