China has passed to Russia the H7N9 virus strain, head of the Russian Federal Consumer Rights Protection and Human Health Control Service (Rospotrebnadzor) Gennady Onishchenko said at a press conference at Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
“So far the situation with the virus is under control. China has kindly provided us the strain, and we plan to study it from a genetic point of view, to try its immunogenicity and consider it as a candidate strain for a possible vaccine, if this situation develops in the next season,” Onishchenko said, adding that “so far the World expert community that deals with influenza does not give such data.”
There have been 130 infected with the virus in China; according to recent reports, 36 diseased people have died. “The Chinese authorities are raising alarm, saying that the country’s economy has already lost 20 million US dollars,” Onishchenko said. “It was a blow to white meat. Poultry trade has been banned in Beijing and Shanghai. It has caused an economic slump,” he said.