Friday, 23 December 2016
4. Important Tips To Avoid Avian Influenza A(H7N9) virus AvianfluWarning
Most human cases are exposed to avian influenza A(H7N9) virus through contact with infected poultry or contaminated environments, including live poultry markets.
Since the virus continues to be detected in animals and environments, further human cases can be expected.
Human infections with the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus are unusual and need to be monitored closely in order to identify changes in the virus and/or its transmission behavior to humans as the virus may have a serious public health impact.
1. Travelers to countries with known outbreaks of avian influenza should avoid if possible, poultry farms, contact with animals in live bird markets, entering areas where poultry may be slaughtered, or contact with any surfaces that appear to be contaminated with feces from poultry or other animals.
2. Travelers should also wash their hands often with soap and water.
3.Follow good food safety and good food hygiene practices.
4.Diagnosis of infection with an avian influenza virus should be considered in individuals who develop severe acute respiratory symptoms while travelling in or soon after returning from an area where avian influenza is a concern.