Anytime a new illness/virus crops up there is understandable concern, but it’s important to find out as many facts as possible before panic sets in. There are reports that indicate that this strain of avian flu are crossing from the birds that carry the virus to humans. So far the virus is contained in China.
According to the CDC
“On April 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that avian influenza A (H7N9), a type of flu usually seen in birds, has been identified in a number of people in China. Cases have been reported in the following provinces and municipalities: Anhui, Beijing, Fujian, Henan, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shandong, Shanghai, and Zhejiang. A case in Taiwan also has been reported in a person who had traveled to an area of China where other H7N9 cases have been reported.
This is the first time this virus has been seen in people. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Infection with the new virus has resulted in severe respiratory illness and, in some cases, death. Chinese authorities are conducting animal and human health investigations to learn more about this situation. Available evidence suggests that most people have been infected with the virus after having contact with infected poultry or contaminated environments.
CDC is following this situation closely and coordinating with domestic and international partners in a number of areas. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
There is no recommendation against travel to China at this time.”
If you are planning a trip to China the CDC has precautionary advice.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions visit the CDC.
posted by – Susan, Health Reference