Friday, December 21, 2012

WHO issues human-animal influenza summary and assessment

by Jeffrey Bigongiari
The World Health Organization recently released a summary and assessment of its most recent data regarding influenza at the human-animal interface.

The summary and assessment shows that from 2003 to December 17, 2012, the WHO received 610 laboratory-confirmed reports of human cases of A(H5N1) avian influenza virus infection, including 360 deaths. Official reports of infections came from 15 countries.

The WHO reported that there have been 32 new cases of avian influenza confirmed since the beginning of 2012. Since the last summary and assessment was issued on November 5, there have been two new cases confirmed. One of the cases was located in Egypt and another in Indonesia. The case in Indonesia resulted in a fatality.


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