Avian precaution advised

“This new Chinese bird flu... should I be worried?”

Bill was a 66-year-old self-employed plumber heading off to China for a two-month jaunt. Bill was a prime candidate.

The new bird flu is influenza A H7N9, a nasty pathogen. This emerging zoonotic infection causes a typical influenza-like-illness but kills over 20% of people it infects.

Patients present with fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, myalgia, haemoptysis and gastrointestinal

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