WHO Eases Fears of Human-to-Human Bird Flu Transmission

The World Health Organization (WHO) alleviated fears of sustained human-to-human transmission of H7N9 avian influenza in China, saying that the risk of it happening is low.

But the WHO encourages constant monitoring as there is a recorded increase of human cases in the country.

China has recorded 460 people infected with H7N9 virus since October 2016, accounting for more than a third of total cases since 2013.

“Constant change is the nature of all influenza viruses — this makes influenza a persistent and significant threat to public health,” said Wenqing Zhang, head of the WHO’s global influenza program.

H7N9 has already killed one-third of people recorded to be infected with the virus.

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