Saturday, May 11, 2013

China steps up H7N9 flu monitoring

China's local health organs have been instructed to step up flu monitoring as part of the country's efforts to fight H7N9 flu, according to a government document issued Friday.

The instruction features an upgraded plan for H7N9 flu prevention and control, which was issued by the National Health and Family Planning Commission, to replace a previous version issued in early April.

In counties where any human infections with H7N9 have been confirmed, a two-week-long period of closer monitoring over local flu cases should be in place soon after the bird flu case confirmation, the new document said.

Within the two weeks, any patients with flu or a severe, acute respiratory infection in such counties should give samples and enquiries should be made of them on any possible exposure to H7N9, it said.