Since the most recent death in China due to the outbreak of the Bird flu was reported, the (WHO) World Health Organization has claimed that the new strain referred to as H7H9- is the worse fatal strain of the virus that medical examiners have ever seen before.
The World Health Organization’s director of environments, health, and security, Keiji Fukuda made the following comments to news reporters:
“This is an unusually dangerous virus for humans, We think this virus is more easily transmitted from poultry to humans than H5N1. This is definitely one of the most lethal influenza viruses that we have seen so far.”
Furthermore, investigations are being pursued to specifically pinpoint the sources of which this lethal strain of bird flu is originating from. Authorities from WHO are still gathering information to understad more about this deadly virus. In addition, WHO has warned the public to prepare for more infections as the outbreak continues to strike China’s regions.
This warning has come after the latest death fromt he H7H9 virus was reported in Taiwan, the first in the Taiwan region. Although this strain was definitely a result of a the latest bird-flu epidemic in China.
The death in Taiwan involved a Taiwenese resident, 53 years of age, that had previously been working in the parts of Eastern China, Jingsu province- where the initial cases of the bird flue deaths had been originated. This certain circumstance of the man- was stated to be one of the most severe of all of them.
The way he contracted the H7H9 virus remains a mystery however, because the man had no exposure to any poultry or eggs- or birds during his time spent in Suzhou.
As a precaution, Taiwanese health officials are now “screening” individuals in transit or traveling from China for any indication that they may have the H7H9 bird flu.
Fukuda further commented that “WHO officials are at the beginning of our understanding of this virus.” (The situation remains) complex, difficult and it is evolving.”
Thus to present say there is no substantial evidence that demonstrates the H7H9 virus has been transmitted by human to human. But Fukuda further noted that it would not be surprising to see cases that come about from human to human transmission. He also said that ” it is critical to monitor the mutation and spread of the virus, and stay vigilant to finding out all the facts about this virus and keeping the public informed and safe from further dangers.”
WHO officials have been reassuring the public and media that there are extensive time and effort being placed into developing a vaccine for this pandemic-like cirus, and that International assistance in the matter will help keep the virus confined.
A total of 109 H7H9 cases have been documented with 23 of those reported cases resulting in fatalities, the majority of these cases have all been limited to the provinces of China and the Shanghai area.