WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

WHO notified of influenza A human infection in China

The National Health and Family Planning Commission notified the WHO on April 10 of four laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with influenza A (H7N9).

Two of the cases are from Zhejiang and two are from Shanghai. One patient from Shanghai is a 62 year-old man who became ill on April 1 and the other is a 77 year-old man who became ill on April 3. In Zhejiang, there is a 51 year-old woman who became ill on March 13 and a 79 year-old man who became ill on March 29.

A total of 28 cases have been laboratory confirmed with influenza A in China. There have been nine deaths, 14 severe cases and five mild ones.

The Chinese government is closely monitoring the over 600 close contacts of the confirmed cases. The Chinese are also investigating this event and have heightened their disease surveillance. Retrospective testing on recently reported cases of respiratory infection is being done to uncover if these were previously unrecognized cases.

An inter-government task force has been created with the National Health and Family Planning Commission taking charge of the coordination along with the Ministry of Agriculture and other important ministries. The animal health sector has seen intensified investigations into other possible sources of the recent outbreaks.