The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) issued an alert yesterday (February 14) as China confirmed the world’s first human case of avian influenza A (H7N4).
A 68-year-old woman living in Jiangsu province started developing symptoms on December 25, 2017 and was admitted to hospital on January 1, 2018. She was discharged on January 22.
She came into contact with live poultry before developing symptoms.
According to a report from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and prevention, “the genes of the virus were determined to be of avian origin.”
The CHP reminds travellers to avoid visiting wet markets, live poultry markets and farms.
The general public is encouraged to maintain strict personal, hand, food and environmental hygiene, especially when handling poultry.
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