Avian Flu Confirmed in ChinaThe World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced that influenza A (H7N9), commonly seen in birds and referred to as Avian Flu, has been identified in a number of people in China. Confirmed cases have been reported in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui, and Zhejiang.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this is the first time this virus has been seen in people.

Symptoms of infection include severe respiratory illness including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

There is no recommendation against travel to China at this time.

People living in China or traveling to China should practice thorough hand washing, food safety guidelines and avoid contact with animals.

Here is a list of recommendations by the CDC:

    -Do not touch birds, pigs, or other animals.
    -Do not touch animals whether they are alive or dead.
    -Avoid live bird or poultry markets.
    -Avoid other markets or farms with animals (wet markets).
    -Eat food that is fully cooked.
    -Eat meat and poultry that is fully cooked (not pink) and served hot.
    -Eat hard-cooked eggs (not runny).
    -Don’t eat or drink dishes that include blood from any animal.
    -Don’t eat food from street vendors.

Practice hygiene and cleanliness:

    -Wash your hands often.
    -If soap and water aren’t available, clean your hands with hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
    -Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
    -Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    -Try to avoid close contact, such as kissing, hugging or sharing eating utensils or cups, with people who are sick.
    -See a doctor if you become sick during or after travel to China.
    -See a doctor right away if you become sick with fever, coughing, or shortness of breath.
    -If you get sick while you are still in China, visit the US Department of State website to find a list of local doctors and hospitals.

You can find the most recent health travel notices from the CDC by visiting cdc.gov/travel.

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