How to avoid infection
What can travelers and Americans living in China do to protect themselves?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent H7N9. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is repeating its standard advice to travelers and Americans living in China to follow good hand hygiene and food safety practices and to avoid contact with animals.
• Do not touch birds, pigs or other animals.
• Avoid live bird or poultry markets.
• Eat food that is fully cooked.
• Practice hygiene and cleanliness
• See a doctor if you become sick during or after travel in China.
How can travelers protect themselves?
CDC does not recommend that anyone change their travel plans because of these cases of the novel coronavirus. CDC recommends that U.S. travelers to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula monitor their health and see a doctor right away if they develop fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath. (Countries in and near the Arabian Peninsula include Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.) Taking these everyday actions can help prevent the spread of germs and protect against colds, flu, and other illnesses:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Avoid close contact with sick people.
• Be sure you are up-to-date with all of your shots, and if possible, see your health care provider at least 4 to 6 weeks before travel to get any additional shots.
• If you are sick, cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue in the trash.
• Avoid contact with other people to keep from infecting them.
When should someone see a health care provider?
You should see a health care provider if you develop a fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 10 days after traveling from countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula. You should tell the health care provider about your recent travel.