Over 600 Deaths As China Suffers Bird Flu Outbreak ?

The 'terrifying' epidemic kills over one third of infected humans
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Experts fear 'Disease X' could go global (Photo: Facebook)

Experts fear 'Disease X' could go global (Photo: Facebook)

Coined ‘Disease
X’, a new strain of bird flu - H7N9 - has sparked fears of a major outbreak among
scientists, having already infected more than 1600 people.

Virus

Symptoms of
infection include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, pneumonia, acute
respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock, and organ failure.

The virus
has already killed 623 people within China.

Experts expect the virus could become more contagious

Experts expect the virus could become more contagious

Spread

At this
time, the H7N9 can’t be spread between humans - and can only be contracted from
contact with birds.

However, experts
suspect as few as three mutations could result in a human-to-human contagion -
and potentially a worldwide pandemic.

'Global
outbreak'

The US
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said: "Influenza viruses
constantly change and it is possible that this virus could gain the ability to
spread easily and sustainably among people, triggering a global outbreak of
disease."

England's Deputy
Chief Medical Officer Professor Johnathan Van-Tam also expressed fears that H7N9 'could be the cause of the next pandemic'.