Avian influenza outbreak closes poultry market in China

Three people have been infected with avian influenza (H7N9 strain) and 2 people have died in Zhaoqing. Officials have temporarily closed a poultry market in order to contain the outbreak.

Advice For Travellers

During the past few years, sporadic reports of people infected with avian influenza (H7N9) have been received from various provinces in China, including Hong Kong. Most of the cases have been in people who have close contact with chickens that carry this virus, especially people working in the live chicken markets where they are slaughtered.

The risk for the general traveller is extremely low, since person-to-person spread of this flu strain is rare. However, the risk of exposure can be minimized by avoiding visiting live poultry markets where the virus may be found.