The CDC has been working diligently and has identified a candidate vaccine virus that can be used to make vaccine against H7N9 if needed. The CDC has not yet recommended against travel to China but does advise Americans visiting or living in China to avoid contact with live birds, pigs, and other animals. This includes live bird or poultry markets. It is okay to eat meat and poultry but make sure it is thoroughly cooked, and not pink in the center. If you eat eggs, make sure they are hard boiled, not runny.
As always, practice good hygiene and cleanliness. Clean your hands often with soap and water or with alcohol based hand sanitizer. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth unless your hands are clean. If you have to cough or sneeze, use a tissue or your sleeve.
If you have traveled to China and have flu like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), call your doctor immediately. The CDC has made special H7N9 FLU test kits for the virus available at local and state health departments. However, only patients with symptoms severe enough to be hospitalized need this special testing. CDC also recommends initiation of prescription antiviral therapy for anyone with it or suspected of having it. For the latest updates and travel advisories, go to CDC.gov.Disclaimer: Your seeking of information on health related topics and/or Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, M.D.'s providing such information herein constitutes neither the solicitation of nor the provision of medical advice, services, care or treatment. Communication with Dr. Fryhofer on this website does not create a doctor/patient relationship. For concerns about your own particular medical condition, you should consult your own medical professional who can examine and evaluate you. Communication on a website is not a substitute for taking an active role in your own medical care and treatment and being personally seen by a physician of choice in your area.