Today WHO reports a total of 49 patients that have been laboratory-confirmed with influenza A(H7N9) virus in China; including 11 deaths. This includes the case reported yesterday from Beijing. More than a thousand close contacts of the confirmed cases are being closely monitored.
Investigations into the possible sources of infection and reservoirs of the virus are ongoing. Until the source of infection has been identified, it is expected that there will be further cases of human infection with the virus in China. So far, there is no evidence of ongoing human-to-human transmission.