The World Health Organization (WHO) has been officially notified by the China National Health and Family Planning Commission about human infection (and deaths) with an influenza virus subtype A(H7N9) that has not been previously reported in humans. There is no indication of human-to-human transmission associated with these patients. WHO is working closely with it's Collaborating Centres for influenza to discuss and strengthen diagnostics and case management. At present, the reservoir, source of infection and mode of transmission remain unknown.
Over 1.4 billion people living in the WHO South-East Asia Region are potentially at risk of rabies infection. Every year, 21 000 – 24 000 people die of the disease in the Region, and 4 million receive at least one dose of the rabies vaccine. A Regional Strategic Framework focuses on eliminating the disease. A Q&A explains how to protect yourself from rabies.
Human society across the world remains highly vulnerable to threats of new emerging infectious diseases. To identify strategic ways to meet the threats of emerging zoonotic diseases that may arise more effectively, the World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia (WHO SEARO) is organising a Regional Meeting on Zoonotic Diseases in Chiang Mail, Thailand, from 20-22 August 2013.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that includes viruses that may cause a range of illnesses in humans, from the common cold to SARS. Viruses of this family also cause a number of animal diseases.
This particular strain of coronavirus has not been previously identified in humans. There is very limited information on transmission, severity and clinical impact with only a small number of cases reported thus far.
Influenza and pandemic preparedness and response
Disease Surveillance and Epidemiology
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