Prevention of avian influenza (H5N1)

Learn how avian influenza (H5N1) can be prevented.

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How can avian influenza (H5N1) infections be prevented?

If you travel to an area where avian influenza (H5N1) is a concern, you should take the proper precautions. See your health care provider or visit a travel health clinic 6 weeks before you leave.

If you travel to an affected area, follow the precautions below.

  • Avoid high-risk areas (poultry farms and live animal markets).
  • Avoid contact with birds, including:
    • chickens
    • ducks
    • wild birds
  • Avoid surfaces that may have bird droppings or secretions on them.
  • Make sure that all poultry dishes, including eggs, are cooked well.
  • Wash your hands frequently:
    • use soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds
    • if soap is not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (carry travel-sized dispensers)
  • Monitor your health:
    • see a health care provider if you develop flu-like symptoms while travelling or upon returning to Canada
    • explain that you have been travelling or living in an area where avian influenza (H5N1) is a concern

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