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CDC Changes Recommendations on Testing for H7N9

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an official health update on the avian influenza A (H7N9) virus, including new recommendations on who should be tested for H7N9 in the U.S. The update contains the latest epidemiology of H7N9 cases, indicating that almost all H7N9 human infections have resulted in severe respiratory illness. While clusters of infection have been identified in China, no cases of human infection have been detected in the U.S. The new recommendation is to test only patients with an appropriate exposure history and severe respiratory illness requiring hospitalization.  For more information, visit the CDC Health Alert Network or see the attached interim surveillance recommendations issued by the World Health Organization.