SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018

WHO issues update on H7N9 influenza virus

The World Health Organization announced a new laboratory confirmed case on Sunday of human infection with avian influenza A H7N9 virus, the first newly confirmed case since July 20.

China's National Health and Family Planning Commission notified WHO of the infection in a 51-year-old woman from Huizhou, Guangdong Province. The patient became ill on July 27 and a laboratory test on Friday showed she was infected with the H7N9 influenza virus. The test was confirmed by the Beijing Municipal Center for Disease Control on Saturday.

The woman is currently in critical condition.

The WHO received reports of a total of 135 laboratory-confirmed human cases with H7N9 influenza virus, including 44 deaths. There are currently four patients hospitalized with the virus while 87 others were discharged.

There is still no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission of the virus.

The Chinese government is taking strict prevention, monitoring and control measures, including strengthening international cooperation and exchanges, conducting public risk communication and information dissemination, deployment of medical treatment and the strengthening of epidemic analysis and surveillance. China is continuing to carry out scientific research on the virus.

The WHO does not advise any special screening at points of entry related to the matter and it does not recommend any trade or travel restrictions.