Following the outbreak and subsequent spread of avian influenza H7N9 in mainland China in February 2013, the global community has found it prudent to take precautionary measures to pre-empt international spread. The outbreak has so far led to the death of 32 of the 132 infected people. The African Union, through the directorate for social affairs (responsible for human health) and the Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (responsible for animal health) have established a taskforce to monitor the situation and its implications to Africa, to advice African countries accordingly. The first such brief is attached for download and dissemination in All AU-Member states and Regional Economic Communities. The taskforce will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates on a biweekly basis, of more frequently the situation thus demands.