The National Health and Family Planning Commission has reported a further 8 new human cases of avian influenza A (H7N9) in China. The cases had onset of symptoms between 24 November and 24 December 2015. The age of cases ranged between 29-77 years, 5 females and 3 males; all reported exposure to poultry markets. The cases were located in the provinces of Zhejiang (6) and Jiangsu (2). Two cases died in December 2015, 5 are in a critical condition and one is reported to be in a serious condition.
From 2013, 678 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported by the health authorities in China.
Advice for Travellers
As the Year of the Monkey begins on February 8, 2016, there will be an increase in travellers from the UK to China to celebrate the Lunar New Year with friends and relatives. It is important that travellers are aware of the risk of avian influenza and know the steps to take to reduce their risk.
Travellers experiencing severe flu like symptoms within 10 days of returning from China, should contact their GP and inform them of their recent travel to China.