The Center for Health Protection announced Friday it is monitoring a case of the Influenza strain H7N9 -- or Avian Flu -- that was reported by Guangdong Province health officials in China.
Chinese health authorities
there have been 576 cases of the strain reported. This most recent case was a 78-year-old male who died Thursday. Guandong and Zhejiang have reported the most cases with 165 and 156, respectively.
Boundary officials have implemented health surveillance and released guidelines for travelers to affected areas, including instructing individuals with fever or respiratory ailments to wear a mask and seek medical attention. They also suggest citizens avoid poultry markets and farms, enact thorough cooking methods for eggs and poultry, frequently wash hands, and cover their nose and mouth when experiencing flu-like symptoms. Symptoms of the Avian Flu include a high fever and cough that can progress to severe pneumonia, septic shock and multiple organ failure.
"Locally, we will remain vigilant and work closely with the World Health Organization and relevant health authorities to monitor the latest developments," a spokesman from the health department said.