Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on April 26, 2013 @ 7:21PM
Created on April 26, 2013 @ 6:08PM
Health officials want you to be aware of a bird flu that's spreading around Eastern Asia. That's because some have labeled it as one of the most lethal so far because it's killed about 20 percent of the folks who have come down with the virus.
The good news is there's no need to panic just yet. That's because so far the virus has stayed out of the United States.
The virus started earlier this month in China. That's when the first case of the H7N9 virus was first reported. Since then it's taken off.
The symptoms of the virus are the same ones that are associated with the flu. However, what has doctors concerned is the fact that typically the virus doesn't spread that easily from poultry to human. However, this string seems to be breaking that trend.
Ted Krafczyk, the public information officer with the Monongalia County Health Department, said there's a chance the flu makes it's way to the United States. He said it looks like the elderly are most at risk if that happens.
"If you're traveling just follow flu precautions and make sure you eat the foods that are cooked and that they don't contain any blood," Krafczyk advised. "if you do happen to feel like you're getting sick, or getting the flu and you've been to China go see your physician and let them know where you've been."
Krafczyk also mentioned that officials with the Centers for Disease Control have already started to make a prototype for a vaccination for the virus.
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