Surveillance of avian influenza A(H7N9)

Discover how avian influenza A(H7N9) is monitored.

How many cases are there of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Canada?

In January 2015, Canada reported 2 confirmed cases of H7N9 in travellers who returned from a trip to China. These are the first confirmed human cases of H7N9 virus in North America.

The H7N9 virus has not been detected in birds in Canada.

How many cases are there of avian influenza A(H7N9) around the world?

Avian influenza A(H7N9) cases have been identified in China since March 2013. The majority of cases have occurred in neighbouring regions in eastern and south eastern China, including travel-related cases in:

  • Hong Kong
  • Malaysia
  • Taiwan

These cases involved contact with live birds in China.

The World Health Organization (WHO) updates the total number of cases and deaths worldwide regularly. This information is found on the WHO's global alert and response website.

How does Canada monitor avian influenza A(H7N9)?

Canada monitors avian influenza A(H7N9) regularly. Other organizations, including the WHO, also track influenza activity.

Canada continually monitors outbreaks of avian influenza A(H7N9) in poultry, as well as human cases in Asia and other countries. We work closely with our national and international partners, including the WHO. Together, we track influenza activity in Canada and around the world.

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