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U.S. hospitals are being urged to head off a spread of the new H7N9 avian influenza by looking out for people exhibiting flu-like symptoms who have traveled to China or had contact with someone who has the illness.
….Issuing the guidance and holding the clinician calls “would be considered routine preparedness measures for an outbreak with pandemic potential,” Burns said.
Originally posted by soficrow
The WHO team just released it's first report - all nice and reassuring - but now the US is calling for hospitals to watch out. Interesting.
Soficrow, In your opinion, is it time to kick preps into high gear for a pandemic if we haven't already? I halfheartedly started preparing for bird flu pandemic a few years ago, but I have more to do/get. One of the things it was advised to do is watch for when it starts to jump human to human. A few times it has, but then died out. Now this strain seems different. Maybe we need to be more concerned now?
In the US, what happens to people who have no health insurance and cannot afford medical treatment?
Surely, you are at more risk of a pandemic if your poor cannot afford to see a doctor and so carry on spreading the illness in the community until they recover or succumb.
Would be an odd time of year for something like this in the US.
Could this be transmitted by food from China?
With so many foods now manufactured in China and sold as American products, is it possible it could hit the US?
H7N9 Cases On Rise, WHO Reports Concern Over New Sources Of Transmission
April 19, 2013
…Another possibility that has been touched on is that the transmissions may not have even come from birds. Investigators, looking at all possibilities, said there were growing concerns that the new strain may have originated in animals other than poultry.
“Right now it is still an animal virus that rarely infects humans,” said Dr. Michael O’Leary, the head of the WHO’s office in Beijing, as cited by CNN. He added that the major goal is to determine the exact source of the H7N9 strain, which was first discovered just three weeks ago.
....China’s poultry industry has recorded losses of more than $1.6 billion US since H7N9 cases began popping up three weeks ago, according to a Reuters report.
Dutch virologist Ron Fouchier told CNN …the virus is not actually a bird flu. “Known normal bird viruses have to adapt substantially to infect people, but not these,” he said.
China confirms 102 H7N9 cases, 20 deaths
BEIJING, April 21 (Xinhua) -- During the 24-hour period ending at 4 p.m. on Sunday, China confirmed six new cases of human H7N9 avian influenza, including five in Zhejiang and one in Jiangsu.
The National Health and Family Planning Commission said in its daily update on H7N9 cases that a total of 102 H7N9 cases have been reported in China, including 20 that have ended in death.
Of the total, 12 H7N9 patients have been discharged from hospitals after receiving treatment, and the other 70 patients are being treated in designated hospitals, according to the commission.
A total of 33 cases, including 11 that have ended in death, have been reported in Shanghai. Twenty-four cases, including three deaths, have been reported in Jiangsu Province, and 38 cases, including five deaths, in Zhejiang Province. Anhui Province has reported three cases, with one ending in death. Beijing has reported one case and three have been reported in Henan Province.