How is avian influenza (H5N1) prevented among travelers?

Updated: Apr 23, 2019
  • Author: Hien H Nguyen, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Because avian influenza is rare in humans, the CDC does not currently recommend against travel to any country affected by H5N1. (See Avian Flu Travel Information.) Prophylactic antivirals are not indicated for patients who plan to travel to areas where avian influenza has been reported.

Travelers who plan to travel to areas of the world affected by avian influenza outbreaks in birds or humans are advised to avoid close contact with poultry, especially diseased or dead birds, and to consume only adequately cooked meat. If contact with birds in enclosed spaces is unavoidable, an N-95 respirator mask (or equivalent), gloves, and goggles should be used to minimize contact with droplets or particulates.


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