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Reviewing increased preparedness for novel influenza A(H7N9) in Africa

click to enlarge December 2014 - The influenza A(H7N9) virus emerged in China early 2013 and has since caused over 460 human cases, of which 38 percent had a fatal outcome. H7N9 is an avian influenza virus that causes no disease signs in birds and can therefore spread undetected in poultry populations, putting people at risk. In January 2014, FAO and AU-IBAR therefore launched a project to increase preparedness against this novel virus in 11 African countries assessed to be at low or moderate risk of virus incursion...[Read more]



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