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Biological/Public Health Threat (travel advisory) – H7N9 (HPAI) Update: Hunan Province, China

2017/01/28

AVIAN INFLUENZA, HUMAN (14): CHINA (HUNAN, QINGDAO) H7N9, CDC TRAVEL ADVISORY
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Published Date: 2017-01-28 16:49:32
Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza, human (14): China (HN, Qingdao) H7N9, CDC Travel Advisory
Archive Number: 20170128.4797061

In this Update:
[1] New Case in Hunan Province
[2] Qingdao case
[3] CDC Travel Advisory

[1] New Case in Hunan Province
Date: Thu 26 Jan 2017 23:27 PM
Source: FIC (Flu Information Centre/Flu in China) [edited]

A human H7N9 case reported in Hengyang city of Hunan on [Thu 26 Jan.2017] The patient, 67-year-old male, surname [Y], resident of Hengdong county of Hengyang city, had contact history with poultry. He was in critical condition, all close contacts of the patient showed no symptoms of ILI such as fever or cough.

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[2] Qingdao case
Date: Thu 26 Jan 2017 23:15 PM
Source: FIC (Flu Information Centre/Flu in China) [edited]

A human H7N9 AIV case reported in Huangdao district of Qingdao city. The patient, 59-year-old male worker, now in hospital for treatment

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[3]CDC Travel Advisory
Date: Fri 27 Jan 2017
Source: Daily Hornet [edited]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a new travel warning about a strain of bird flu that has been linked to nearly 100 deaths in China over the past 4 years. According to the CDC, the H7N9 strain of bird flu is unusually active again in China, and advises travelers to avoid chicken and poultry markets.

“Chinese health authorities have confirmed 120 new human cases of avian influenza A (H7N9) since September 2016, with 37 deaths,” CDC said. “Most of these patients reported exposure to live poultry or poultry markets. Infections have been reported in the provinces of Jiangsu, Fujian, and Guangdong, as well as the Macau and Hong Kong Special Administrative Regions.”

H7N9 is a strain of the species influenza virus A (avian influenza virus or bird flu virus) that normally circulates in bird populations with some variants known to occasionally infect people. Humans catch bird flu by coming into contact with affected birds or their droppings.

The first H7N9 virus to be reported in humans occurred in China in [March 2013]. Cases continued to be reported throughout April [2013] and then dropped during the summer months. By the end of the year [2013], at least 144 cases were reported, and 46 people died as a result of their infection, according to the CDC.

Symptoms of bird flu include severe cough, diarrhea, respiratory difficulties, fever (over 100.4°F), headache, muscle aches and runny nose.

CDC says the best way to prevent infection with bird flu virus is to avoid sources of exposure whenever possible. Most human infections have occurred following direct close or prolonged contact with sick or dead infected poultry.

Other ways to help minimize your risk of catching or passing on bird flu include regular hand washing, particularly before and after handling food, and covering your mouth when you sneeze.

[Byline: Ray Simon]

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[The CDC advisory mirrors the precautionary measures advised by WHO and China CDC, specifically advising visitors to avoid poultry markets and contact with chickens or their droppings, and to observe hygienic practices frequently. – Mod.UBA

A HealthMap/ProMED-mail map can be accessed at: http://healthmap.org/promed/p/1180.]

See Also

Avian influenza, human (13): WHO, human-animal interface 20170126.4792947
Avian influenza, human (12): China (HE,HN) H7N9, WHO on alert 20170125.4787381
Avian influenza, human (10): Indonesia (LA) RFI 20170123.4785841
Avian influenza, human (09): Uganda, H5 susp, RFI 20170122.4779120
Avian influenza, human (08): China (HN) H7N9, fatal 20170122.4779060
Avian influenza, human (07): China, Macau, H7N9 20170118.4773390
Avian influenza, human (06): China (HE, HU) H7N9 20170116.4767537
Avian influenza, human (05): China, H7N9 20170113.4763810
Avian influenza, human (04): China H7N9 20170110.4750850
Avian influenza, human (03): China, H7N9 20170108.4745726
Avian influenza, human (02): China (Hong Kong) H7N9, WHO update 20170105.4740477
Avian influenza, human (01): China (JX), H7N9 20170102.4736553

2016
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Avian influenza, human (72): China (HK) H7N9, fatal 20161229.4727495
Avian influenza, human (68): China, H7N9 20161218.4705001
Avian influenza, human (67): WHO, H5N6, H7N9, risk assessment 20161212.4689184
Avian influenza, human (66): China (GD) H7N9 20161210.4689085
Avian influenza, human (64): China (ZJ,JS) H7N9 20161114.4624064
Avian influenza, human (60): China (JX) H9N2 20160912.4481431
Avian influenza, human (58): China, H7N9, update, WHO 20160820.4422893
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Avian influenza, human (55): China (mainland) H7N9, fatal 20160722.4362599
Avian influenza, human (54): China, H7N9, WHO 20160714.4343947
Avian influenza, human (53): China (LN) H7N9, fatal 20160710.4332434
Avian influenza, human (52): WHO, human-animal interface 20160625.4308644
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2015
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Avian influenza, human (133): WHO assessment human-animal interface 20151220.3881202
Avian influenza, human (115): human-animal interface, SA status comments 20150718.3520025
Avian influenza, human (107): WHO assessment 20150521.3376485
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