H7N9 Virus (Avian Influenza A)

This new bird flu was first reported in China in March 2013.  The main cause of infection is from contaminated poultry (there is now limited human to human spread).  There are no cases in the United States.

The symptoms are cough, high fever, pneumonia, shock, and multisystem failure.  

If you travel to China or surrounding countries:

  • Stay away from live bird markets
  • Do not have contact with sick people
  • Practice good hand hygiene
  • Before you travel, register with the US government Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  https://step.state.gov/step/

There is currently no vaccine available.  If you should become ill after returning home, inform your doctor of your recent trip.