16 October 2013 - The National Health and Family Planning Commission, China notified WHO of a new laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. This is the first new confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus since 11 August 2013.
The patient is a 35-year-old man from Zhejiang Province. He
was admitted to a hospital on 8 October 2013 and is in a critical
condition. Additionally, a previously laboratory-confirmed patient from
Hebei has died.
To date, WHO has been informed of a total of 136
laboratory-confirmed human cases with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus
infection including 45 deaths. Currently, three patients are
hospitalized and 88 have been discharged. So far, there is no evidence
of sustainable human-to-human transmission.
The Chinese government continues to take strict monitoring,
prevention and control measures, including: strengthening of epidemic
surveillance and analysis; deployment of medical treatment; conducting
public risk communication and information dissemination; strengthening
international cooperation and exchanges; and is continuing to carry out
WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with
regard to this event, nor does it currently recommend any travel or