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H7N9 Resources

In the Spotlight

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported cases of human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) virus in China. Laboratory-confirmed cases have been marked by severe respiratory disease, and thus far have resulted in approximately 20% case fatality rate. The Chinese government is actively investigating this event and has heightened disease surveillance.

To date, the new H7N9 virus has not been detected in people or birds in the United States. Federal, state, and local health officials are conferencing at least once per week to review the latest epidemiology and advise what planning can be done now in case this develops into a pandemic or expands beyond China.

CDC is following this situation closely and coordinating with domestic and international partners, including CDC China and the World Health Organization. They will share updates as they become available, including recent Health Alert Network notifications, public health professional guidance, images of the virus, and traveler health recommendations. WHO has also posted Frequently Asked Questions on human infection with A (H7N9) avian influenza virus, China. To go to the CDC H7N9 resources page click here.

Please email if you have any questions or experiences to share. More »

Featured Reports
Administrative Preparedness for H7N9

NACCHO has produced two new reports that are beneficial to local health departments who are assessing their administrative preparedness capabilities in light of H7N9. "Administrative Preparedness Authorities: Suggested Steps for Health Departments" examines existing and potential authorities that may provide local health departments with the capability to expedite administrative preparedness processes during an emergency. "Administrative Preparedness: Emergency Procurement Strategies for Health Departments" assists local health department officials and fiscal agents in assessing their day-to-day procurement capacity and establishing what impact an emergency may have on the procurement process within their agencies.


CDC has developed the "Top 10 Influenza Pandemic Response Planning Tips" to help senior public health officials at the state, local, tribal, and territorial levels identify the most critical capabilities and activities needed to assure readiness for an influenza pandemic response.

These suggestions are designed to help jurisdictions identify remaining influenza pandemic preparedness operational gaps and improve readiness for potential response. This is not an exhaustive list of all the steps necessary for a sustained influenza pandemic response, but it is intended to give senior public health officials a quick guide for accelerated planning. More »