AVIAN FLU H7N9 Update: New Human Case
The National Health and Family Planning Commission, China, notified WHO of a new laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.
The patient is a 67 year old man from Zhejiang Province. He is a farmer, and has had contact with live poultry. He became ill on 16 Oct 2013, was admitted to a local township hospital on 18 Oct 2013, and was transferred to another hospital on 21 Oct 2013 as his condition deteriorated. He is currently in a critical condition.
To date [24 Oct 2013], WHO has been informed of a total of 137 laboratory-confirmed human cases with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus infection including 45 deaths.
Currently, 4 patients are hospitalized and 88 have been discharged.
So far, there is no evidence of sustainable human-to-human transmission.
The Chinese government has taken the following surveillance and control measures:
– strengthening of epidemic surveillance and analysis;
– deployment of medical treatment;
– conducting public risk communication and information dissemination;
– strengthening international cooperation and exchanges; and
– is continuing to carry out scientific research.