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CDC issues avian influenza IC recommendations
All patients who present to a health care setting with fever and respiratory symptoms should be managed according to recommendations for respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette and questioned regarding their recent travel history. Patients with a history of travel within 10 days to a country with avian influenza activity and are hospitalized with a severe febrile respiratory illness, or are otherwise under evaluation for avian influenza, should be managed using isolation precautions identical to those recommended for patients with known severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). These include:
Eye protection (i.e., goggles or face shields)
For additional information regarding these and other health care isolation precautions, see the Guidelines for Isolation Precautions in Hospitals. Those precautions should be continued for 14 days after onset of symptoms or until either an alternative diagnosis is established or diagnostic test results indicate that the patient is not infected with influenza A virus.
Patients managed as outpatients or hospitalized patients discharged before 14 days with suspected avian influenza should be isolated in the home setting on the basis of principles outlined for the home isolation of SARS patients (go to www.cdc.gov/ncidod/sars/guidance/i/pdf/i.pdf).
(Editor’s note: More information about avian influenza is available at www.cdc.gov/flu/avian.)