H7N9 Outbreak is Over in China
Over the past few months has seen the confirmation of several cases of H7N9 virus in China. This without a doubt has put a dampener on China’s tourism as the fear of widespread bird flu has left many travelers with the fear of travelling to China. The first cases of H7N9 were announced by the World Health Organization (WHO) in April. There were cases of H7N9 reported in: Anhui, Beijing, Fujian, Henan, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shandong, Shanghai and Zhejiang. Although there have been confirmed cases throughout China, there has not been any warnings or suggestions that travelling to China is prohibited. Extra precautions have been taken since the outbreak to ensure the safety of the tour locations.
Due to the recent cases of H7N9 restaurants across China have removed chicken and duck dishes from their menu. However, experts have said that the virus is killed when meat is thoroughly cooked therefore this should not be a major concern. Though with clients’ health and safety as a priority, arrangements have been made that will ensure that dining will only take place at restaurants and hotels that have high hygiene standards.
Currently avoiding wetland parks and farms is a wise idea in a bid to minimize chances of coming into contact with animals. The tours also will take into consideration the risks of visiting wetland parks and farms, therefore due to the current circumstances clients are advised not to make any visits to these areas. Though on a positive note the current situation is under control and there have been no further confirmed cases and the tours have been completely successful with no complaints or reports of H7N9.
Medical help should be sought straight away if you experience cold and flu like symptoms with a fever and if you also have coughing with breathlessness. If at any point during your trip you feel unwell it is advised you seek professional medical help as soon as possible.
For further information about the current H7N9 situation in China, we suggest that you do some research before your trip and keep in contact with your tour advisors for the latest information on the affected areas and the most up to date news on the situation.