Safety of Travelling to China After H7N9 Outbreak

news_14 Jun. 05, 2013Shenzhen (China) – June 5, 2013 – 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. China Tour Advisors have taken extra precautions 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.

In the mean time, if clients have plans on travelling to China, China Tour Advisors suggest clients follow the procedures below:

– Avoid any direct contact with animals or birds.
– Do not touch any animals whether alive or dead.
– Wash your hands with soap and water whenever the opportunity arises or use a hand sanitizer.
– Eat meats and eggs that have been thoroughly cooked.
– Seek medical advice if you contract a fever or have symptoms that are a cause for concern.

For further information about the current H7N9 situation in China, China Tour Advisors suggest that clients do some research before your trip and keep in contact with China tour advisors for the latest information on the affected areas and the most up to date news on the situation.

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