Avian Influenza A (H7N9)

On April 1, 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported three human cases of avian influenza H7N9 in China.  These were the first known human infections with this avian strain ever reported.  Since then, many new cases have been reported and additional cases are expected to occur.  Several of the cases have been hospitalized with severe respiratory illness, although mild cases have now also been reported.  H7N9 viruses have been detected in poultry in China in the same areas where human cases have been reported and many of the human cases have had poultry contact. So far, there is no evidence of ongoing human-human transmission.  Investigations into the source of these infections are still ongoing.  For the latest case count, see the WHO Avian Influenza Situation Updates.

There have been no H7N9 infections reported in birds or humans in the United States.  Orange County continues to monitor the situation closely. 

Orange County Recommendations and Updates:

Orange County Update (modified from 6/7/13 CDC HAN) - Human Infections with Avian Influenza (H7N9) Viruses - supersedes previous guidance

Orange County 4/23/2013 Update - Updated Novel Influenza A (H7N9) Information for Orange County Health Care Providers

Orange County Eye on Influenza newsletter.

Orange County 4/5/2013 Advisory - Human Infections with Novel Influenza A (H7N9) Viruses

Resources:

H7N9 Flu and You, Questions and Answers from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Updated H7N9 Treatment Information from CDC

World Health Organization (WHO) Avian Influenza A (H7N9) webpage

CDC Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Webpage

Information for Travelers to China (CDC)