Australia’s federal Department of Health has advised general practitioners to be on the lookout for potential cases of the H7N9 strain of influenza A, or bird flu, following a spate of deaths in China.

Chinese authorities at the Centre for Health Protection are taking the threat very seriously: control points have been set up to detect infected people with thermal imaging and all suspected cases will be referred to hospital for assessment.

The threat has been particularly serious over the past week, as hundreds of millions of Chinese returned to their home villages to celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday.


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