May 6, 2013 at 1700 hours
► The WHO has provided updates on the current cases of Avian Influenza A(H7N9) on their website: May 2, 2013.
► The case total is currently at 128 WHO confirmed cases with 26 fatalities
reported from eight Provinces: Anhui, Fujian, Henan, Hunan, Jiangsu),
Jiangxi, Shandong and Zhejiang and two Municipalities: Beijing and
Shanghai and one case reported from the Taiwan CDC.
● The latest date of a confirmed case’s onset of illness is April
● The WHO also continues to state that there is no evidence of sustained
● WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with regard to this event,
nor does it recommend that any travel or trade restrictions be applied.
► Media reports have indicated increased human case counts however
these have not been confirmed at this time.
Preparedness and Response Activities
► A teleconference was held today with health liaison organizations (LHINs, associations, unions and colleges) to share updates and answer questions.
► A teleconference was held with public health units to consult on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s (MOHLTC’s) draft Emerging Infectious Disease plan.
► The MOHLTC’s Emergency Operations Centre remains activated to support processes for information sharing and monitoring among provincial, federal and local health system partners as well as with other operations centres.
► The MOHLTC is maintaining online information for health sector partners at www.ontario.ca/avianinfluenza.
► The MOHLTC continues to monitor information and liaise with Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Public Health Ontario, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to monitor the evolving situation and to coordinate next steps.
► The Public Health Agency of Canada’s Health Portfolio Operations Centre (HPOC) continues to operate at Level 2, (Increased Vigilance and Readiness) to support
► The MOHLTC continues to work with its partners on a draft Emerging Infectious Disease plan in the event that the risk posed by avian influenza A (H7N9)
increases or a case appears in Ontario.
► The next information sharing report will be issued only if there is a significant change in risk or activity information to share.