Opening statement by Dr. Keiji Fukuda, Assistant Director-General for Health Security
World Health Organization (WHO)

As you know, at the invitation of the China National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), a joint team of domestic and international experts convened by the World Health Organization were asked to assess the H7N9 situation in China and 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 influenza experts in epidemiology, virology, clinical management, and other areas related to influenza.

During 19-23 April, we visited laboratories, hospitals, clinics, markets, and affected areas in Shanghai and had discussion with staff and experts from both Beijing and Shanghai. We had open and direct exchanges and discussions with our counterparts in Beijing and Shanghai. We would like to share some of our findings today.