Two New Cases of Human Infection with H7N9 Virus Reported to WHO

<p>On Dec. 18, 2013, the National Health and Family Planning Commission, China notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of two new laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. </p> <p>The first patient is a 62-year-old man from Guangdong Province. He became ill on Dec. 11, 2013 and was admitted to the hospital on Dec. 16, 2013. He is currently in critical condition. He has a history of exposure to live poultry.</p> <p>The second patient is 38-year-old man from Guangdong Province. He became ill on Dec. 9, 2013 and was admitted to the hospital on Dec. 18, 2013. He is currently in critical condition. </p> <p>The Chinese government continues to take the following surveillance and control 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.<br /> <br />Additionally an 80-year-old male reported earlier by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP), Hong Kong SAR, China died on Dec. 26, 2013.</p> <p>So far, there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission. </p> <p>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. </p> <p>Source: WHO</p>
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