Title: China, CAS ZhongNanshan: no evidence of human-to-human transmission of H7N9 influenza virus yet.
Subject: Avian Influenza, H7N9 subtype, pandemic potential.
Source: RTHK, full page: (LINK). Article in Chinese, edited.
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No evidence of efficient human-to-human transmisson of H7N9 yet: mainland expert
2017-03-08 HKT 12:43
A mainland infectious disease expert on Wednesday said there was no evidence to suggest that the H7N9 avian flu virus has mutated into a form which can spread from humans to humans.
But Zhong Nanshan said the risk should not be overlooked.
"At this moment, there's no evidence showing a human-to-human [transmission], but an increased risk of that [exists]", he said.
The mainland has reported more than 300 cases of H7N9 this winter, and about one-third of the patients have died.
But Zhong said they have closely monitored the people who have been in contact with the patients, and none have contracted the virus.
On Tuesday, Hong Kong reported its fifth imported human case of H7N9 this winter.
The man, 79, developed fever and cough with sputum last week after returning from Fuzhou in the mainland. The Department of Health said he had visited a wet market there and was in a critical condition.
Keywords: HK; China; Avian Influenza; H7N9; Human.