THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

China reports new avian flu case

The National Health and Family Planning Commission of China reported to the WHO on Monday another laboratory-confirmed case of avian influenza A(H7N9).

The 51-year old man from Taizhou City, Zheijiang Province had on onset of symptoms on June 2 and was admitted to a hospital four days later. The patient, who has a history of exposure to live poultry, is currently in a severe condition.

The Chinese government took surveillance and control measures in response to the case of avian flu, including the strengthening of situation analysis, reinforced case management and medical treatment. The government is also conducting risk communication with the public.

No sustained human-to-human transmission of the disease has been detected, and the WHO has not advised China to conduct special screening at points of entry into the country. No travel or trade restrictions were recommended for China as a result of the infection.

The WHO said that any travelers to countries with known outbreaks of avian flu should avoid poultry farms or contact with animals in live bird markets. Travelers should also wash their hands often with soap and water.

Symptoms of avian flu resemble those of traditional flu, including fever and headaches. Some patients also experience nausea, diarrhea or vomiting.