Avian Influenza is endemic in China and cases have been confirmed throughout the country. The following regions have not reported cases so far: Hainan, Heilongjiang, Macau, Ningxia Hui, and Qinghai.
The World Health Organization does not recommend that any travel or trade restrictions be applied. So far, there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission.
For the latest information on Avian Influenza outbreaks please go to: ProMED-mail. Avian influenza, human (09): China (JS), H7N4. ProMED-mail 2018; February 24: 20180224.5648329.<ProMED-mail>. Accessed on February 26, 2018.
Avian Influenza, also known as bird flu, is a highly contagious infection among birds. It is a zoonosis – an animal infection that can spread to humans – with viral subtypes belonging to the influenza A species. The subtypes H5N1 and H7N9, in particular, can cause serious illness in humans.
Avian influenza can occur anywhere. Travellers are at risk if they come in direct contact with the fluids and feces of infected birds or poultry like chickens, ducks, turkeys, or pigeons. Other routes of exposure include touching contaminated objects or surfaces, slaughtering, defeathering, butchering, and preparing infected poultry for cooking. There is evidence that some subtypes, like H5N1, can be transmitted from person to person, although this is rare.
Usually symptoms appear 2 to 17 days after exposure to the virus. They include fever, runny nose, sore throat, sore eyes, cough, muscle aches. More severe symptoms include difficulty breathing, pneumonia, upper and lower respiratory tract infection, chest pain, diarrhea, gum and nose bleeding, vomiting, and eye infections. Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect exposure to Avian Influenza. Treatment includes taking antiviral medications.
There is currently no preventive medication or vaccine against Avian Influenza.
Health risk description last reviewed: June 16, 2016
Country information last updated: February 26, 2018