Sporadic cases of serious respiratory avian flu H7N9 continue in China

Sporadic cases of infection by the serious respiratory avian flu H7N9 continue to be reported in China. A new case in Hong Kong brings the total for 2014 to 11 cases, all of whom acquired their infections on the mainland. Three of the cases have died. In the last week of 2014, there were cases reported in the provinces of Xinjiang, Zhejiang, and in Jiangsu. Tens of thousands of chickens have been culled as a precautionary measure.

Although there is concern that this virus might mutate and spread more easily between people, there are no signs of this happening yet. The risk of exposure for the average traveller is very low, but visitors to China should avoid fresh poultry markets where various strains of avian influenza may be circulating.

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