The Influenza Virus H7N9

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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 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, 2014.

On January 27, 2015, Canada reported one confirmed case of human infection with H7N9 virus. On January 30, 2015 a second individual, travelling through China, from Canada was confirmed to also have the H7N9. Both travelers visited Hong Kong, where they were exposed to live poultry. Neither traveler was hospitalized. Both travelers developed and recovered from acute respiratory symptoms after antiviral treatment.. (http://www.who.int/csr/don/01-february-2015-avian-influenza/en/)
Risk of H7N9 developing in the U.S is low, but hypothetically if an outbreak H7N9 were to develop in Barrow Alaska; we as a community would be ill equip. 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

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