THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Nine additional avian flu cases reported in China

The World Health Organization announced on Monday that it was notified of nine additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A H7N9 virus in China.

China's National Health and Family Planning Commission informed the WHO on Thursday and Friday of five cases in Guangdong, two in Hunan and one each in Anhui and Jilin. One patient, a 64-year-old man from Guangzhou City, died as result ofisease. The man became ill on February 9, was admitted to a hospital on February 15 and died on February 18.

Six human cases of avian influenza H7N9 virus are in critical condition, one case is in severe condition and the last case is in stable condition.

Six of the individuals are reported to have had a history of exposure to live poultry.

The WHO said that while the recent report of avian flu being detected in live poultry exported from mainland China to Hong Kong shows the potential for the virus to spread, there is no indication that international spread of the virus occurred.

The Chinese government is currently strengthening surveillance and situation analysis, conducting risk communication with the public and reinforcing case management and treatment to control the disease.

The WHO did not advise any travel or trade restrictions with regard to the event.