SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

China reports another confirmed case of avian flu to WHO

The National Health and Family Planning Commission of China recently reported another confirmed case of the H7N9 avian Influenza A virus to the World Health Organization, making the total of laboratory-confirmed cases 133, including 43 deaths.

The latest avian flu case is a 15-year-old boy who became ill on April 25 in Jiangsu. He was admitted to the hospital on April 26 and discharged on May 2.

The boy was positive for both H3N2 and H7N9 influenza strains, and the tests were confirmed by molecular diagnostics. The Jiangsu Provincial Health Department consulted with national and regional experts for diagnosis on July 1.

Authorities in areas with confirmed cases of the Avian flu are maintaining surveillance, epidemiological investigations, close contact tracing, clinical management, laboratory testing, sharing samples and implementing preventative and control methods.

There has been no substantial evidence of human-to-human transmission. More cases of infection are expected, until the source of infection is identified and controlled. The WHO does not advise points of entry, travel or trade restrictions at this time.

The WHO, Member States and international organizations are continuing to monitor the situation and will update their recommendations for prevention accordingly. The WHO has been informed of 133 laboratory-confirmed cases of H7N9 and 43 deaths resulting from the virus.