The number of cases has sparked fears of an epidemic, particularly during this week’s Lunar New Year, as hundreds of millions of families across China reunite around huge feasts that include poultry.
Peter Cordingley, WHO spokesman for the Western Pacific Region, said there was no need for undue alarm.
“What we are seeing is so far within our expectations and broadly matches previous years,” he told AFP. “There is no evidence of an epidemic.
“Also, the China cases are geographically scattered and sporadic, with no sign of any connection between them.”