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22nd February 2016
Editorial (Dr S S Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
H7N9 Bird flu: CDC issues level 2 travel alert for Shandong in China

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) upgraded its travel advisory for Shandong Province in China from the lowest to the second-highest level in its three-tier alert system. This was in response to confirmation of a new case infected with the H7N9 virus in the area. With this, the number of confirmed H7N9 cases in China has increased to 54.


The same level of alert has also been issued for Zhejiang, Guangdong, Anhui, Hunan, Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Fujian and Shanghai because of the spread of the H7N9 virus in China. CDC also issued a travel watch, its lowest advisory, for other Chinese provinces and cities, excluding Hong Kong and Macau.


Level 1 (Watch) travel advisory of the CDC asks travelers to follow usual precautions for this destination; level 2 (Alert) advisory asks travelers to practice enhanced precautions. The Level 3 (Warning) advises travelers to avoid non essential travel to the affected area.


Under the CDC’s system, urges travelers to follow standard hygiene practices in the affected areas, while a level two advisory urges visitors to take extra preventive measures. When a level three advisory is reached, travelers are advised against visiting the affected area.


Avian influenza A (H7N9) is an influenza (flu) virus found in birds that does not normally infect humans.

Human infections with a new avian influenza A (H7N9) virus were first reported in China in March 2013. Since then, infections in both humans and birds have been observed. Most of these infections are believed to result from exposure to infected poultry or contaminated environments, especially markets where live birds have been sold. H7N9 does not appear to transmit easily from person to person, and sustained human-to-human transmission has not been reported.

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IMA War against Aedes

New Delhi, February 21, 2016: The Indian Medical Association is launching a campaign ‘DENG-WAR’ to fight the menace of the Aedes mosquito, which transmits the virus causing dengue fever.

Dengue takes on an epidemic form almost every year and creates panic among the public. Dengue fever is a preventable disease and prevention is the first step in its management. But, without community participation, it is not possible to do so.
Speaking about the same Dr. SS Agarwal, National President IMA & Padma Shri Awardee Dr. K.K.Aggarwal, President HCFI and Honorary Secretary General IMA said, “Community participation is vital to prevent and control the spread of diseases transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which includes Zika, Chikungunya and yellow fever besides dengue. In community participation, individuals, families and communities are involved in the planning and conduct of local vector control activities. The Government cannot employ enough persons to search every backyard to identify and destroy breeding sites on a consistent basis to prevent this mosquito from breeding. When political parties can run a door-to-door campaign during elections, then why can’t a similar approach be adopted to tackle this issue of public health importance?“

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IMA Polio Dates
  • April 1st: tOPV would not be available after this date.
  • April 11th: bOPV would be available in private market but it is not to be opened or used before 25th April.
  • April 25: IMA Polio Switch Day, when tOPV would be completely withdrawn and replaced by bOPV in both routine immunization and polio campaigns.
  • 9th May: IMA National Validation Day when India would be declared free of tOPV. 

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