WHO Yet to Issue Warning on Chinese Avian Flu Virus
Despite reports that the H7N9 avian flu has been responsible for 10 deaths out of 28 reported cases in China, international medical authorities don’t yet believe the virus is a concern for flight crews or airline passengers traveling to Asia, or at least not enough for the World Health Organization (WHO) to recommend any travel or trade restrictions. All cases have occurred in regions of eastern China–Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang, with 13 in Shanghai. None appears to have been transmitted from person-to-person, only to people who have been in contact with infected poultry. The WHO is, however, investigating a group of family members who may have transmitted the virus from person-to-person. Flight crews should review the WHO and the ICAO CAPSCA websites for updates before traveling to the region.