17 May 2013 - Since 8 May 2013, no new laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported to WHO by the National Health and Family Planning Commission, China. However, four additional deaths have been reported from previously laboratory-confirmed cases.
To date, WHO has been informed of a total of 131 laboratory-confirmed cases, including 36 deaths.
Authorities in affected locations continue to maintain
enhanced surveillance, epidemiological investigations, close contact
tracing, clinical management, laboratory testing and sharing of samples
as well as prevention and control measures. In the past week, the
Shanghai and Zhejiang provincial governments have started to normalize
their emergency operations into their routine surveillance and response
activities. WHO offices in country, regional and headquarters continue
to work closely to ensure timely information updates.
Until the source of infection has been identified and
controlled, it is expected that there will be further cases of human
infection with the virus.
So far, there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission.
WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with
regard to this event, nor does it currently recommend any travel or
WHO continues to work with Member States and international partners. WHO will provide updates as the situation evolves.