Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring writes: China reports one H7N9 case, FAO says human illnesses aren't a threat to poultry. Excerpt:
China reported just one new H7N9 case today, as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said the detection of an imported human case outside of China doesn't pose a threat to poultry populations.
Human H7N9 cases in China have slowed to a trickle over the past week, but the effects of the outbreak continue to reverberate to the poultry sector, with an eye toward the consequences of disease spread beyond China's borders.
The new case is a 79-year-old man from Guangdong province who is hospitalized in stable condition, according to a provincial health ministry report translated and posted by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board.
His illness boosts the number of H7N9 infections in the second wave, which started last October, to 223, compared with 136 during the first wave last spring. It also brings the outbreak's overall total to 359, according to a human case list compiled by FluTrackers.
Meanwhile, the FAO's statement today was prompted by discovery of the first human H7N9 case outside of China, a Chinese woman who started having symptoms in her home country before traveling to Malaysia, where she is hospitalized.
The FAO said there is no evidence that humans infected with H7N9 can transmit the virus to animals, including birds. Juan Lubroth, DVM, the FAO's chief veterinary officer, said in the statement, "This case does not come as a surprise and should not be a cause for increased concern, but should remind the world to remain vigilant."
"Humans that become ill with influenza A (H7N9) constitute no threat to poultry populations," he said, adding that evidence of H7N9 transmission from people has not been found for any species, including birds.