Possibility of Human-to-Human Bird Flu Transmission Worries WHO, UNFAO

With human fatalities mounting in the ongoing bird flu outbreaks in China, international organizations have expressed concerns over the possibility of human-to-human transmission of the virus.

China has its biggest outbreak of the H7N9 strain of bird flu over the past winter. It has reported H7N9 bird flu outbreaks in Hunan and Jiangxi province.

“Experts agree that it is not a question of if, but when the virus will adapt in ways that facilitate efficient, sustained human-to-human transmission,” said the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) in a joint statement.

The said organizations urged China to take more precautionary measures to prevent potential epidemic.

The Chinese government recently suspended poultry trading in Guangdong, Sichuan, and Zhejiang provinces. The country has recorded 79 human casualties in January 2017.

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