Updated on 13 November 2013
"It is too early to say if there would be a major outbreak during the flu season this winter," said Mr Ben Cowling, associate professor at the University of Hong Kong's school of public health in a statement. He has further published a paper in the medical journal, The Lancet, stating that H7N9 may follow a similar seasonal pattern to H5N1 bird flu, and predicted that it would reappear this autumn and potentially cause a major epidemic this winter.
"No significant genetic mutation had been detected in the virus, there is a very low chance of a community-wide outbreak or human-to-human transmission. It is possible that there would be sporadic cases in the winter flu season," Professor Xu Xiaoyuan of Peking University's department of infectious diseases added in the statement.