Title: #H7N9 #influenza: No ongoing or sustained #human-to-human #transmission detected so far, #WHO’s #China representative.
Subject: Avian Influenza, H7N9 subtype, epidemiological situation in China.
Source: Local Media via Xinhua, full page: (LINK).
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WHO, H7N9 influenza virus does not show sustained human-to-human transmission so far
2017-2-18 15:26:55 / Source: Xinhua News Agency
Xinhua News Agency morning, World Health Organization representative office in China on the 17th Feb. although recent re-emergence of H7N9 avian influenza in China, there is no evidence that H7N9 avian influenza virus has gained the ability to efficiently transmit from human to human, but there is the need to reduce exposure to infected animals, Live poultry market is the key to epidemic prevention and control.
WHO's representative office in China pointed out that China has experienced five seasonal epidemics of H7N9 avian influenza virus in winter and spring since the first time in China that people were infected with H7N9 avian influenza virus in China in 2013.
"The vast majority of patients are infected with the H7N9 virus through exposure to infected poultry or live poultry markets, and there is no evidence [so far] that the virus has acquired the ability to spread in sustained manner between humans based on existing reports," said WHO's representative office in China. Virus properties and the patient's pathologic features have not changed significantly. "
As long as the avian influenza virus exists in poultry, the possibility of occasional human infection or small-scale epidemic is also present. Considering that the avian flu virus may continue to evolve and reorganize, it is critical to remain vigilant against emerging avian influenza viruses.
For the general public, it is important to do preventive work. In view of the fact that the general public is difficult to determine what type of avian influenza virus is infected with birds, it is necessary to carry out strict hygiene and safety measures when handling, slaughtering and preparing poultry.
Keywords: China; Avian Influenza; H7N9; Human.