CDC issues travel alert for Chinese province after avian flu case confirmed

Courtesy of the CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level-two travel alert for those traveling to and from the Zhejiang Province in China after an H7N9 avian flu case was confirmed late last week in Taiwan in a woman who had traveled to this region of China.

Travelers to and from this area of China are encouraged to take special precautions to avoid infection, including the avoidance of any birds and proper personal hygiene. The CDC said individuals should seek immediate medical attention should a cough or fever begin to develop.

It is reported that the patient, a 62-year-old woman, had been exposed to birds approximately two weeks before symptoms surfaced. The individual is currently in intensive care.

The CDC said this strain and the H5N1 strain have been responsible for most cases of avian influenza in humans, resulting in the majority of serious illnesses and deaths associated with the disease.

Symptoms of H7N9 avian flu are wide ranging and can consist of those associated with common influenza, including conjunctivitis and severe respiratory illnesses. In cases of multiple organ infection, symptoms can include abdominal pain, nausea and neurological changes.

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