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
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.