Two New Cases Of Human H7N9 Infections Reported In China

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) revealed Monday that China's National Health and Family Planning Commission had notified it in mid-December of two new laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.

WHO identified the first patient as a 62 year old man from Guangdong Province, who became ill on December 11 and was admitted to hospital on December 16. He is currently in critical condition and has a history of exposure to live poultry.

The UN health agency said that the second patient is 38 year old man who is also from Guangdong Province. He became ill on December 9 and was admitted to hospital on December 18. He is currently in critical condition.

The statement also referred to an 80-year-old male reported earlier by the Center for Health Protection (CHP), Hong Kong SAR, China died on December 26.

The UN agency said the Chinese government is continuing to take strict monitoring, prevention and control measures, including strengthening epidemic surveillance and analysis; deployment of medical treatment; conducting public risk communication and information dissemination; strengthening international collaboration and communication; and continuing to carry out scientific research.

According to WHO, there is was presently no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission as of now.

"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," the press release concluded.

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