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International H7N9 Assessment Team Completes Mission to China
World Health Organization (WHO)

BEIJING, 24 APRIL 2013 – A team of international and Chinese experts has completed its mission to visit Shanghai and Beijing and assess the avian influenza A (H7N9) situation, and to make recommendations to the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC).

The team, which is jointly led by NHFPC and WHO, is comprised of international and Chinese experts in epidemiology, virology, clinical management, public health, and health policy. The purpose of the mission was to assess H7N9 situation and to provide recommendations.

The team met with those involved in the response, in both Beijing and Shanghai. In Beijing, the team met with staff from China CDC and Beijing CDC. In Shanghai, they met members of the city’s H7N9 working group. They also met with the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center, Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Shanghai Center for Animal Disease Control and Prevention. The team visited a wholesale poultry market where they learned first hand about the effectiveness of the shut-down of these markets.

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