Thinking of visiting China? Familiarise yourself with the H7N9 bird flu virus which progresses to pneumonia

Thinking of visiting China?  Familiarise yourself with the H7N9 bird flu virus which progresses to pneumonia

"Australia’s federal Department of Health has advised general practitioners to be on the lookout for potential cases of the H7N9 strain of influenza A, or bird flu, following a spate of deaths in China. Chinese authorities at the Centre for Health Protection are taking the threat very seriously: control points have been set up to detect infected people with thermal imaging and all suspected cases will be referred to hospital for assessment."

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"The good news is that all the cases so far seem to have been caused by contact with birds, and no cases of human-to-human transmission have been reported."

This "The Conversation" article explains how influenza strains such as H7N9 are categorised, the specifics of the H7N9 and its symptoms, treatment, prevention and implications.

theconversation.com/explain...

It concludes:

"The World Health Organization has a large international team, which is actively monitoring developments; so far the WHO has not recommended that travel to China be restricted."

Neil

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