Medicine and Health

Global Concerns Regarding Novel Influenza A (H7N9) Virus Infections

The scare over the possibility of having another medical dilemma has been increased in relation to the entrant of the news about the H7N9. The article written by Timothy Uyeki specifically gives a specific implication on how such scare has been detected and what current studies have already been implicated to make sure that the control over its spread is to be effective enough especially when it comes to manifesting a major public health resolution. Like that of the Avian Flu (AH1N1), the H7N9 is also sourced out from animals. Once the distribution of the virus becomes rampant, there is a scare that it might not be controllable anymore. Consistently, utilizing the research and journal of Gao as reference to the discussion, Uyeki tries to outline the different procedures taken into consideration to discover the different strands of the virus as well as its characteristics in relation to how its genome could be distributed in a rapid pace.

The Chinese scientists were able to find possible ways to stop the rampancy of the distribution through breaking the genome sequence of the virus. Although it did take time for the Chinese scientists to find recommendable resolution to the matter, it could be observed that somehow, their efforts could be well recognized as it does provide a great source of proper information that has actually ceased the growth of a supposed pandemic that would affect not only China but also that of the whole world if in case it has not been managed.

Although the antidote to the virus has already been discovered, the scientists and the medical practitioners handling patients who have been diagnosed to have been affected by the virus were kept under strict supervision. Even the patients who came in after the discovery of the resolution to the matter were closely monitored by their healthcare assistants. Relatively, they were trying to note the intubation period of the virus and if there are any particular changes that might have occurred especially in the process of transmitting the virus from one person to another. Successfully , there were no report of sustained human-to-human transfer of the virus during the time of observation. This means that only animals could be the hosts of the virus thus enabling them to transfer to humans. At some point, this discovery insists that the virus could be easily managed because its source is limited and well noted. In case other developments about the case are reported, Uyeki mentions that the Chinese scientists are always on the look out to make sure that no outbreak could result from such possible emergency situation.

Although the article is more of a report than a deep study of the situation and the elements involved in it, it could be noticed that the way it was written makes it easier to understand for human individuals who might not have a strong background about medicine. Being clear about the elements that affects the value of the medical case being tackled makes the article a good source of information that readers could use to identify the way they mingle with animals and how they should handle possible encounter with hosts of the virus. Although human-to-human transfer of the virus is not yet assumed to have been observed, it could be understood that the possibility of it being true is still not set aside. Hence, the constant process of monitoring on the ailment and its developments is still currently being pursued by scientists and medical practitioners especially those located in China where the virus was first observed to have emerged.

Notably, the presentation of the report shows that the author did not simply aim to inform, but instead to set a warning among the readers so as to let them know of what they should lookout for. This approach further makes the article much seemingly convincing to receive a valuable citation of appreciation from the field of medical practice that aims to control situations like that of the development of another pandemic that could endanger the lives of millions if not managed properly.


Uyeki, Timothy. (April 2013). Global Concerns Regarding Novel Influenza A (H7N9) Virus Infection. The New England Journal of  Medicine.