New Virus Outbreak in China

  • The Union Health Ministry is closely monitoring the reported outbreak of H9N2 (Avian influenza virus) cases and clusters of respiratory illness in children in northern China.
  • There is a low risk to India from both the avian influenza cases reported from China and the clusters of respiratory illness.
  • An increase in the incidence of respiratory diseases in China has been reported in the last few weeks.
  • The usual causes of respiratory illness in children have been implicated and there has been no identification of an unusual pathogen or any unexpected clinical manifestations.
  • The overall risk assessment by WHO indicates a low probability of human-to-human spread and a low case fatality rate among human cases of H9N2.
  • The need for strengthening surveillance among human, animal husbandry and wildlife sectors and improving coordination was recognised.
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