MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018

NHFPC of China reports new confirmed human case of bird flu

The National Health and Family Planning Commission of China recently reported a new laboratory-confirmed human case of the avian influenza A H7N9 virus infection, the first confirmed human case in China in more than two months.

The NHFPC reported the data to the World Health Organization on Wednesday. The newest case of H7N9 viral infection occurred in a 35-year-old man from the Zhejiang Province. He was admitted to a hospital for treatment on October 8 and is currently in critical condition.

The second-most recent laboratory-confirmed human case of H7N9 was reported on August 11. The NHFPC also informed the WHO that a patient from Hebei, who tested positive for H7N9 infection, has passed away.

The WHO reports a total of 136 laboratory-confirmed human cases of the H7N9 infections; 45 of those infected have died. There are currently three patients hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed cases of H7N9 infections. The WHO reports no evidence that the infection is sustainable via transmission from human-to-human.

The Chinese government said it continues to monitor the progress of H7N9 to maintain preventative and control measures against the disease. China has deployed medical treatment, increased its surveillance capabilities, launched campaigns to communicate the risk of infection to the public, increased international support and continues to conduct research in efforts to control a potential outbreak.

The WHO does not recommend travel restriction or screening points of entry regarding this infection at this time.