Human cases of influenza A(H7N9) on the rise again
20 January 2014, Rome - The number of human infections with H7N9 has increased considerably since late December in both East and Southeast China, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). FAO warns that the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities could provide further opportunity for the spread and human exposure of this disease. “Chinese authorities are enforcing important measures to reduce the risk of human exposure to the virus,” said FAO's Juan Lubroth. FAO is assisting a number of member countries, as well, particularly those that are at high risk.
Dr. Juan Lubroth is the Chief Veterinary Officer at FAO. In the following interview he explains the current status of the AH7N9 virus in Southern and Eastern Asia and what precautions need to be taken by producers and consumers.
Produced by: Sandra Ferrari