Three More Cases of Human Infection with H7N9 Virus are Reported to WHO

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On Jan. 14, 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of three additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.

Details of the cases are as follows:
- A 29-year-old man from Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, who became ill on Jan. 2 and was admitted to the hospital on Jan. 12. He is currently in a serious condition.

- A 58-year-old man from Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, who became ill on Jan. 6 and was admitted to the hospital on Jan. 12. He is currently in a critical condition. The patient has a history of exposure to poultry.

- A 50-year-old man from Jinjiang City, Fujian Province, who became ill on Jan. 5 and was admitted to the hospital on Jan. 11. He is currently in a critical condition. The patient has a history of exposure to poultry.
 
The source of infection is still under investigation. So far, there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission.

The Chinese government continues to take the following measures: strengthen surveillance and situation analysis; reinforce case management and treatment; conduct risk communication with the public and release information; strengthen international collaboration and communication; and conduct scientific studies.
 
WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with regard to this event, nor does it currently recommend any travel or trade restrictions.

Source: WHO

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