October 21, 2013
Influenza A(H7N9) is one of a subgroup of influenza viruses that normally circulate among birds. Until recently, this virus had not been seen in people. However, human infections have now been detected.
As yet, there is limited information about the scope of the disease the virus causes and about the source of exposure. The disease is of concern because most patients have been severely ill. There is no indication thus far that it can be transmitted between people, but both animal-to-human and human-to-human routes of transmission are being actively investigated.
April 17, 2013
On 31 March 2013, Chinese authorities announced the identification of a novel influenza A virus, A(H7N9), in three seriously ill people from two provinces presenting with respiratory infections. As of 13 April 2013, a total of 49 confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus have been reported to WHO by the China National Health and Family Planning Commission. [Read More...]
Tripartite efforts to give a new direction to the joint FAO/OIE/WHO Global Early Warning System (GLEWS)
February 27, 2013
A meeting was held in FAO Rome in February 2013 to discuss on the future and new approach to the joint FAO/OIE/WHO Global Early Warning System.
A new concept paper titled GLEWS+ was presented and the partners discussed the new key areas for further development of this tripartite mechanism:
May 27, 2011
Resolution 18/2011 recognizes all 198 countries with rinderpest-susceptible animal populations in the world are free of the disease
The OIE national Delegates used the OIE Rinderpest Pathway to complete the recognition of the last handful of OIE member and non-member countries’ free status, based on a strict control of their epidemiological situation. [Read More...]
April 15, 2011
Following the recent WHO/FAO/OIE tripartite meeting held in February 2011 in Geneva, one strong commitment by the three partners was to reinforce activities on joint cross-sectoral risk assessment of potential human and animal health threats emerging at the human-animal-ecosystems interface which will be the main focus for strengthening GLEWS in the next two years. [Read More...]