Avian Flu (H7N9) Cases Confirmed in China
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported cases of human infection with Avian Flu (H7N9) virus in China.
Person-to-person transmission has not been confirmed.
Those travelling to affected areas in China should avoid casual contact with animals and inform a Quarantine Station if you develop any symptoms, such as fever, upon returning to Japan.
To prevent the spread of Avian Flu (H7N9) and other infectious diseases, it is important to practise good personal hygiene and pay close attention to food safety.
・Wash your hands often, especially: before, during and after handling food, before eating, after using the bathroom, after handling animals or animal excreta, when your hands are dirty, and more frequently when someone in your home is sick.
・Hand washing is a critical component in health-care settings to prevent the spread of infections to other patients and medical practitioners. Pathogens can be physically washed away by washing hands. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also said to be effective (pathogens are destroyed).
・Cover your nose and mouth with tissue paper or handkerchief when coughing or sneezing.
・When in an environment where highly-pathogenic Avian Flu may exist, good hand/finger hygiene practice (hand washing, use of alcohol-based antiseptics) is essential in preventing virus attached to fingers from coming into contact with your nose, mouth and eyes.