On 31 March 2017, the Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) that they determined seventeen people infected with avian influenza (H7N9) in China. Avian influenza (H7N9) is mostly known as the bird flu. On 9 January 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China had also reported 106 cases of avian influenza which occurred from late November through late December. 35 of these patients died. The cases are reported from Jiangsu (52), Zhejiang (21), Anhui (14), Guangdong (14), Shanghai (2), Fujian (2) and Hunan (1). In the recent years the number of human cases of bird flu had increased similarly between December and January.
In the four years from early 2013 to early 2017, 916 lab-confirmed human cases of bird flu were reported to the World Health Organization. Obviously bird flu will be in our lives for a longer time. Bird flu cases are continuing to be seen in different geographies of the world. Until this year bird flu has been said to transmit just from animals. But according to the reports of the Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission 2 potential cases of human-to-human transmission was seen in China.
The World Health Organization recommends people traveling to countries where bird flu has been seen, to avoid barn door fowls and the poultry. The WHO specified some suggestions to avoid bird flu to the people travelling to the regions where bird flu cases have been seen. Avoid contact with the animals on farms, especially in live poultry markets, on surfaces where poultry may have been cut off, or on surfaces where poultry or other animals may be infected. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Do not forget food hygiene regulations. It is suggested that people with fever, cough, sore throat, common muscle aches and respiratory distress, flu-like symptoms, abdominal pain and diarrhea should consult a doctor when traveling in a place where the disease is seen or after returning from such a region.