Avian Influenza Guidance and Algorithms
Avian influenza (AI), in particular H5N1 and now H7N9, is still considered a threat. Algorithms have been developed to assist with the managment of possible or confirmed cases. Please contact your local Health Protection Team for advice and support, particularly in situations that are outside the scope of the algorithms.
A(H7N9): Investigation and management of possible human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9), in returning travellers
Investigation and management of possible human cases of avian influenza A H7N9 in returning travellers (PDF, 357 KB)
See laboratory information for how health professionals should access testing for H7.
A(H7N9): Management of close contacts of confirmed cases of avian influenza A(H7N9)
Guidance note on chemoprophylaxis for contacts A(H7N9) (PDF, 77 KB)
A(H5N1): Management of suspected or confirmed human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1)
Case management of suspected human case (PDF, 305 KB)This algorithm helps manage the initial assessment of suspected human cases of avian influenza. Advice is provided on infection control measures, the investigation and the reporting mechanisms to be used.
AI Cases: Management of contacts of human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1)
Algorithm and management of contacts of confirmed human cases of avian influenza A/H5N1 (PDF, 25 KB)
AI Cases: Reporting
HPA case report form for suspected human cases of avian influenza (PDF, 44 KB)
Please report all suspected human cases of avian influenza using the form above.
Advice for travellers and useful links for clincians is available at: Travel Advice Page.
Avian Influenza Standard Operating Procedure
The HPA avian influenza standard operating procedures should be referred to in the first instance
Guidance for Health Protection Units on dealing with human health implications of avian influenza in poultry and wild birds (PDF, 367 KB)
Occupational guidance is also provided for those involved in the response to an avian influenza incident.
Occupational Health: For those responding to a suspected or confirmed avian influenza incident
Occupational Guidance (PDF, 80 KB)
This guidance helps address occupational health issues that may arise during an avian influenza incident.
Exposure: Management of people exposed to birds where avian influenza is suspected or confirmed
Management of people exposed to birds where avian influenza is suspected/confirmed and who have not used PPE at the time of exposure (PDF, 72 KB)
Last reviewed: 12 February 2014