H7N9 Case Study

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Influenza virus H7N9 is commonly known as the avian flu. The avian flu is a viral infection. H7N9 is a subcategory of the type A Influenza virus. H7N9 is predominantly found in poultry. It is rare, but humans can be infected with H7N9. Humans are at risk of contracting H7N9 by handling, living amongst, ingest, and comes in close contact with live or dead infected poultry. The virus can be transmitted via ingestion, direct contact, airborne, and the introduction of contaminates to the mucus membranes.
As with most influenza viruses symptoms range from fever, malaise, cough, sore throat to serious complications like severe pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock, multi-organ failure, and death. There are no vaccines for
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The first human case began with an 87 year old male patient from the city of Shanghai, reporting flu like symptoms. On May 29h 2013, the H7N9 infection toll reached 132, with 37 deaths, in areas from Shandong, Zhejiang, Henan, Hunan, Fujian, Jiangxi, and Jiangsu, Beijing.
The first case outside of China was on February 12, 2014 in Malaysia. The case was detected in a traveler from an H7N9-affected area of China. The patient developed acute respiratory symptoms, and was treated at a local hospital. On April 22, 2014 a 44-year-old woman from Jiangsu Province, China, travelled to Taipei. On April 12, 2014 she arrived at a Taipei hospital complaining of flu like symptoms. She was confirmed to have H7N9 on April 22,
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Barrow is a rather small traditional hunting village with a population of less than 5,000, it inhabitants rely on the land to maintain their traditional way of life. In the spring and summer month’s hunter hunt wild poultry, putting them at an increased risk of coming into contact with infected birds. In the event of an outbreak, the city of Barrow would make residents aware of the risk and advise against hunting. The local hospital and health department will display information at local gathering areas (grocery store, hospital, schools, and churches). The hospital and health department will send representatives the local town hall and schools to educate the public of the outbreak and measures of prevention. The city of Barrow will request assistance from Anchorage’s health department and design a plan to prevent further

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