New strain of bird flu threatens Asian electronics chain

Posted by Andrea Petrou

The bird flu epidemic could have a knock on effect on the supply chain if rates of infection continue to rise, disties have said.

The warnings come as China has confirmed 108 cases of what the World Health Organization describes as the "most lethal" viruses seen so far since March 31.

The H7N9 strain of the virus has also caused 22 deaths.

Yesterday, Taiwan also reported it had seen its first case of the virus in a man who had recently returned from working in eastern China where most cases have been reported.

And as things continue to get messy for the medical world it seems business could also be affected.

"Bird Flu is one of the most feared diseases of this century," one major distributor (distie) told me.

"While we're currently chugging along there is a big risk of disruption if the disease continues to spread," he added.

Others shared his sentiments. "There's not really been much change at the moment in terms of the bird flu outbreak. But we've seen slower sales and delayed shipments in the past when there was problems with things like SARs," another added.

Another distributor said: "It depends how mad the world goes. If we start having to quarantine things then supply of products will be severely altered. But let's see how far this scare mongering goes."