NHFPC: Limited human-to-human transmission of the H7N9 can’t be ruled out

By | April 18, 2013

According to the Beijing News, yesterday the National Health and Family Planning Commission (国家卫生和计划生育委员会) reported 5 new confirmed cases of H7N9 infection (1 case in Shanghai, 4 cases in Zhejiang). As of 17:00 yesterday, the country reported a total of 82 cases of H7N9 confirmed cases, five of whom have been cured, 17 death, and the remaining 60 are currently under treatment.

Feng Zijian, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control Health Emergency Center said that there was no evidence that the consumption of chicken and eggs will lead to H7N9 infection. With a complete cooking and heating, cooked food is safe. In general, the survival duration of virus in the bodies of dead animals is very limited.

As of yesterday, two family cluster cases had been found as infected with new avian influenza virus H7N9, involving a father and son and a husband and wife.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission (国家卫生和计划生育委员会) yesterday organized a media report attended by a number of relevant experts, it was said that limited human-to-human transmission of the H7N9 virus cannot be ruled out at present. But experts also stressed that, in a small number of cluster cases do not mean that the virus has changed. H7N9 is an avian influenza virus, its ability to invade the human respiratory epithelial cells is also poor, there is no evidence to show that it exhibits ability of regular “human-to-human transmission”.

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Reference Link: http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2013/04/18/258838.html

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