Florida health officials keep eye on China’s bird flu

Florida health officials keep eye on China’s bird flu

Move over H1N1. We now have H7N9. The latest strain of bird flu is quickly gaining strength in China. “We’re just monitoring this right now,” Florida Department of Health official Dain Weister tells us. Weister says despite the deaths of 22 people in China, the strain seems contained to only those who have had contact with poultry. So right now, Weister says there’s not an immedite concern with travelers to the United States.

“So far they’ve not been able to determine that there’s any person to person transmission, meaning there’s not one person passing it on to another. And it’s been contained to China, or that part of the world.”

Weister tells us the FDOH is prepared to activate the agency’s pandemic response team should it be recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). No influenza A H7N9 cases have been reported in the United States, however, the Department is being proactive by highlighting CDC guidance for testing and diagnosis of “influenza A H7N9” to health care professionals to ensure detection of possible cases in Florida and to provide the best possible care if needed.

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