America is not prepared for this year's flu pandemic: Experts warn we could soon be hit by an aggressive strain of avian flu that could be hard to control

Mail Online | 10/11/2017 | Maggie O\
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With the height of flu season fast approaching, experts are warning that the US is not prepared for the destruction that the disease could induce this year.

If a strain of avian flu with Asian lineage makes its way to the US, it could cause widespread devastation as there is no vaccination for it and it has killed about 40 percent of those it has infected in China.

Strain - H7N9 - China - Cases - World

The strain, called H7N9, was first reported in China in 2013, and there have since been 1,562 cases of it there according to the World Health Organization.

The CDC is urging US residents to take precautionary measures if they plan to travel to China to try to limit the disease's reach.

Influenza - Viruses - H7N9 - Result - Humans

Most avian influenza viruses, including H7N9, have occurred as a result of humans coming into contact with diseased poultry.

The symptoms of the H7N9 strain are similar to those of other flu strains, including, fever, cough, respiratory complications and muscle...
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