Avian Influenza: advice for travellers over Chinese New Year

29 January 2019

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The Chinese Lunar New Year, or spring festival, begins on 5 February 2019, and marks the start of the year of the pig. The celebrations end with the lantern festival on 19 February 2019. There is likely to be more travel from the UK to China in the coming weeks.

Human cases of avian influenza have recently been reported in China, and historically there have been more cases at this time of year. Cases have originated from several provinces and municipalities across mainland China, and there have been a small numbers of cases among residents of Hong Kong and Taiwan who have travelled to mainland China.

The majority of reported human cases in China have had close contact with wild birds or poultry. Although the risk is very low, the Travel and International Health Team are reminding UK travellers to protect themselves from avian flu by minimising exposure to wild birds and poultry.

Information and advice on travel to China, and the risks posed by avian influenza, is available to view on the Travax (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.

Source: PHE, 22 January 2019