SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Eight new cases of avian flu reported in China

According to China's National Health and Family Planning Commission, there were two cases of avian flu reported on Thursday, three cases on Friday and three cases on Saturday.

The two Thursday cases occurred in a two-year-old girl in Zhejiang and a 65-year-old woman in Guangdong. The Friday cases occurred in a 42-year-old man from Jiangsu, a 77-year-old man from Hunan and a 41-year-old man from Hunan. The Saturday cases occurred in a seven-year-old girl from Zhejiang, a six-year-old girl in Zhejiang and a 32-year-old man from Guangxi.

All but one of the patients were in severe or critical condition as of Monday. The remaining patient only experienced a mild illness.

The WHO said the Chinese government has taken several surveillance and control measures, including conducting risk communication with the public, releasing information, reinforcing case management and treatment and strengthening surveillance and situation analysis.

The WHO maintains that further sporadic human cases of avian influenza A H7N9 infection are expected in affected and possibly neighboring areas, but there is no indication that international spread of avian flu has occurred. The agency said the risk of ongoing international spread of H7N9 virus by travelers is low unless the virus were to adapt itself for efficient human-to-human transmission.