Influenza Virus Net is the web resource for anyone interested in influenza and flu pandemics. Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is an infectious disease caused by RNA viruses of the family Orthomyxoviridae (the influenza viruses), that affects humans, birds and other mammals. The virus spreads easily from person to person. Influenza circulates worldwide and can affect anybody in any age group. Influenza causes annual epidemics that peak during winter in temperate regions. Influenza is a serious public health problem that causes severe illnesses and deaths for higher risk populations. The most common symptoms of the disease are chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness/fatigue and general discomfort. Sore throat, fever and coughs are the most frequent symptoms. In more serious cases, influenza causes pneumonia, which can be fatal, particularly for the young and the elderly. An influenza epidemic can take an economic toll through lost workforce productivity, and strain health services. Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent infection.
The objectives of Influenza Virus Net are to be the public and professional information resource for influenza and to serve as a network in the exchange of information and news related to influenza.
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- PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza, human (46): WHO, human-animal interface
Avian Influenza -- Worldwide/Unknown
- New infections: Since the previous update, new human infections with influenza A(H7N9) and A(H9N2) viruses were reported.
- Risk assessment: The overall public health risk from currently known influenza viruses at the human-animal interface has not changed, and the likelihood of sustained human-to-human transmission of these viruses remains low. Further human infections with viruses of animal origin are expected.
- IHR compliance: All human infections caused by a new influenza subtype are
- PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza, human (45): China, H7N9
Avian Influenza H7N9 -- China
Beijing has reported 10 human H7N9 avian flu cases so far this year , the capital's Center for Disease Prevention and Control said yesterday [Tue 18 Apr 2017]. The latest cases were reported on April 5 . Both patients are said to have had contact with live poultry. One patient died from the infection on April 8  while the other is still being treated in hospital and is said to be in a stable condition.
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