China reports four cases of avian influenza among people

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Courtesy of WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan.

The authorities in China have reported four cases of avian influenza among people to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The cases of the H7N9 virus were recorded in the provinces of Shandong and Jiangsu.

Bird flu viruses continue to pose a serious threat to human and animal health.

Stéphane Dujarric is the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.

"The WHO says there is the potential for the virus to spread through the movement of live poultry, but that at this time there is no indication that it has spread internationally. It also notes that there has been no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission, so the risk of ongoing international spread by travellers is considered low." (18″)

WHO is encouraging countries to continue strengthening influenza surveillance.

It is advising travellers to regions with known outbreaks of avian influenza to avoid poultry farms, or contact with live birds.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

Duration: 1’08″

 

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