China Reports of Human Infection with Avian Influenza
In a recent development, The National Health and Family Planning Commission, China has notified the World Health Organisation of a new laboratory confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9).
The concerned patient is a 67 year old man from the Zhejiang Province and is a farmer who has had contact with live poultry. He fell ill on the 16th of October and was admitted to a local township hospital on the 18th of the same month. Thereafter, he was transferred to another hospital on the 21st as his condition worsened. The man is in critical conditional as of now.
WHO has been informed of a total of 137 laboratory confirmed human cases with the avian influenza till date and out of which 45 deaths were reported. It has been reported that currently four patients are hospitalised and 88 have been discharged and there hasn’t been any evidence of sustainable human to human transmission of the infection.
The Chinese government has strengthened the epidemic surveillance and analysis, deployed medical treatment, is conducting public risk communication and information dissemination and is continuing to carry out all necessary researches on the disease.
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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Source: WHO Oct 28, 2013
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