Essay about Influenza Virus : The Avian Flu

744 Words Aug 2nd, 2016 3 Pages
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 H7N9, but the CDC recommends people to receive the seasonal influenza vaccine. CDC also recommends antiviral like oseltamivir and zanamivir for treatment of the H7N9 virus.
The first human case of H7N9 was reported in China on march 31,2013. 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…

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