October 23, 2018

New Positive Test for H7N9 Bird Flu in China

According to reports from the Xinhua news agency, a new positive test of the H7N9 bird flu was taken as an environmental sample at a live poultry market in southern China. That country has banned the sale of live birds in 110 markets around the country. The sample was taken from the Nanchao Market in the Doumen District of Zhuhai City in Guangdong Province.

ChickenLast month a woman tested positive for the H7N9 virus, also called avian influenza A. She also lived in Guangdong and died from her illness. That strain of bird flu is new in human beings.

Six cases of the H7N9 virus in humans have been confirmed in that province since August 2013. Local agricultural, health, and forestry officials are being urged to test local markets and encourage daily disinfection of the poultry markets.

The CDC has issued a recommendation about the avian flu in China for anyone traveling there. That advisory states that since there is no vaccine to prevent H7N9, travelers to China must take special precautions. Do not touch animals, whether they are alive or dead. Avoid live bird or poultry markets, and avoid other markets or farms with animals. Always eat food that is fully cooked and served hot. Do not eat undercooked eggs. Don’t eat food from street vendors or any dish that includes blood from any animal. Wash your hands often, don’t touch your eyes or mouth, and try to avoid close contact with people who are sick. Finally, see a doctor right away if you become sick during or after travel to China.

 

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