Two deaths due to H7N9 influenza virus in China

Two deaths due to infection with the H7N9 strain of the flu (influenza) virus have been reported in Shanghai and Xiamen in Fujian Province. Although less than 1,000 infections due to this strain of flu have been reported from many provinces in China since the virus first appeared in 2013, travellers should be aware that exposure to chickens and live chicken markets can increase the risk of infection.

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Advice For Travellers

Pneumonia due to the H7N9 strain of flu has a high mortality rate. Although the risk of exposure for the average traveller is very low since this virus is spread predominantly by wild birds and domestic poultry, travellers should still avoid visiting chicken farms or live chicken markets where the virus may be found.