To most of us,  the term “Avian Flu”/”Bird Flu” might not be unfamiliar, however, how many of us DO know about H7N9?Throughout this entire time span of blogging, we will be tracking the Human infection with avian influenza(H7N9)virus.

Now, a brief introduction to the avian influenza ,H7N9 virus.

The first case of H7N9 virus being reported happened in China 2013, and from then on, there were 132 cases being reported alone in Spring, specifically in March/April. Despite the number of cases, it is still rare for the transmission to be from human to human!. (Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus(2014).CDC Centers for Disease control and Prevention, 12th February, retrieved 23rd October from <http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avianflu/h7n9-virus.htm  >)

What IS avian influenza H7N9? (Avian influenza A(H7N9) virus(n.d)World Health Organisation, retrieved 23rd October from <http://www.who.int/influenza/human_animal_interface/influenza_h7n9/en/ >)

  1.  it is a sub type of influenza that has been detected in birds/poultry.
  2.  this disease causes much attention as it causes the affected humans to be severely ill!
  3. The mode of transmission is  usually through the bird-human interaction as the cases being reported has been seen as the human has been exposed to infection in the environment or coming into contact with infected poultry.

What are the sign and symptoms you may ask?

It ranges from common cough and cold signs like fever, cough, sore throat to pneumonia. Given a more serious case of this influenza, it may cause conjunctivitis and even sever respiratory illness.(Avian Influenza A Virus Infections in Humans(2016)CDC Centers for Disease control and Prevention,25th May, retrieved 23rd October from <http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avianflu/avian-in-humans.htm >)

As the starting symptoms are very similar to common cough and cold, many people tend to overlook these symptoms !Therefore, if you suspect you have avian flu, h7n9 or have been feeling sick after visiting places with Avian Flu outbreak, do visit the doctor.

Reference:

  1. Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus(2014).CDC Centers for Disease control and Prevention, 12th February, retrieved 23rd October from <http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avianflu/h7n9-virus.htm  >
  2. What IS avian influenza H7N9? (Avian influenza A(H7N9) virus(n.d)World Health Organisation, retrieved 23rd October from <http://www.who.int/influenza/human_animal_interface/influenza_h7n9/en/&gt;
  3. Avian Influenza A Virus Infections in Humans(2016)CDC Centers for Disease control and Prevention,25th May, retrieved 23rd October from <http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avianflu/avian-in-humans.htm >

 

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