China confirms eight additional avian flu cases

The World Health Organization said on Friday that it was informed of eight additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A H7N9 in China, including one death.

China's National Health and Family Planning Commission notified the WHO on February 11 of five avian influenza cases, including the fatal case. Three of the cases occurred in Zhejiang, including two patients in their 60s in critical condition and a 47-year-old patient in severe condition. One case occurred in Guangdong in a five-year-old girl who since recovered from the disease. The other case occurred in Anhui in a 56-year-old farmer who passed away as a result of the infection.

The NHFPC informed the WHO of two additional cases on February 12. One case occurred in a 70-year-old farmer in Zhejiang who is in critical condition. The other case occurred in Hunan in a 23-year-old patient in severe condition.

Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection notified the WHO of a case of avian flu on February 12 in a 65-year-old man who is in critical condition. He contracted the disease after traveling to Guangdong, China.

The WHO said the Chinese government is taking surveillance and control measures, such as reinforcing case management and treatment, strengthening international collaboration and communication and conducting scientific studies.

There is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission of influenza A H7N9 in China.

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