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Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – update

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The National Health and Family Planning Commission of China notified WHO of 5 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus, including 1 death.

On the 11 January 2014, WHO was notified of the following cases:

  • 58-year-old woman from Shanghai who became ill on 1 January and was admitted to hospital on 8 January. She is currently in a critical condition. The patient had a history of exposure to poultry.
  • 56-year-old man from Shanghai who became ill on 6 January and was admitted to hospital on 9 January. He is currently in a critical condition. The patient had a history of exposure to poultry.
  • 75-year-old woman from Zhuji City, Zhejiang Province who became ill on 1 January, was admitted to hospital on 5 January, and died on 9 January. The patient had a history of exposure to poultry.

On 12 January 2014, WHO was notified of the following cases:

  • 29 year old man from Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province who became ill on 3 January and was admitted to hospital on 9 January. He is currently in a critical condition. The patient works near to a poultry market.
  • 76 year old man from Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province who became ill on 3 January and was admitted to hospital on 9 January. He is currently in a stable condition. The patient had no history of exposure to poultry.

The source of infection is still under investigation. So far, there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission.

The Chinese government continues to take the following measures:

  • strengthen surveillance and situation analysis;
  • reinforce case management and treatment;
  • conduct risk communication with the public and release information;
  • strengthen international collaboration and communication; and
  • conduct scientific studies.

WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with regard to this event, nor does it currently recommend any travel or trade restrictions.

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