China and WHO lead international team on H7N9

At the invitation of the China National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), the World Health Organization (WHO) has convened a team of experts who will visit areas affected by H7N9 in China in order to provide recommendations on the prevention and control of the disease.

The team, which is jointly led by NHFPC and WHO, is comprised of international and Chinese experts in epidemiology, laboratories, and clinical management, and other areas. They are expected to visit laboratories, hospitals, clinics, markets, and affected areas in Shanghai and Beijing.

WHO has been working closely with Chinese authorities and international public health community since it was informed of the first cases of H7N9 on 31 March. Although the disease does not appear to spread easily between people, a new flu virus is always of concern because of the nature of the disease and its ability to change.

At all three levels of the organization – from country office in Beijing, regional office in Manila and headquarters in Geneva – WHO has been working with other countries and experts in the scientific community who are closely following the situation.

The mission is an opportunity to share information both ways: for international experts to learn about the response on the ground, and for China to have access to the world's top experts on influenza.

The preliminary results will be provided to NHFPC on 24 April.

For more information, please contact:

Ms Helen Yu
Communications Officer, WHO in China
Tel: +86 10 65327191