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Infection Control Precautions for Avian Influenza A (H5N1)

All patients presenting to a health -care setting with fever and respiratory symptoms should be questioned regarding their recent travel history and managed using CDC Respiratory Hygiene and Cough Etiquette. In addition,

  • For suspect avian influenza (H5N1) patients who are sufficiently ill to be hospitalized, airborne, droplet and contact precautions are recommended.  Hospitalized patients should be managed with appropriate isolation precautions for 14 days after onset of symptoms unless an alternative diagnosis is established or infection with influenza A (H5N1) has been excluded.
  • For suspect avian influenza (H5N1) patients who can be managed at home (e.g., patients managed as outpatients or hospitalized patients discharged before 14 days), modified droplet and contact precautions are recommended. 

For more detailed infection control guidelines, please review the:

Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Infection Control Recommendations for Suspect Cases*

* Note: CDC is in the process of revising its interim guidance for infection control precautions for avian influenza.  When those revised guidelines are available, CDPH will update this document to reflect any changes.

 
 
Last modified on: 1/27/2009 11:21 AM