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.
See laboratory information for how health professionals should access testing for H7.
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.
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.
The HPA avian influenza standard operating procedures should be referred to in the first instance
Occupational guidance is also provided for those involved in the response to an avian influenza incident.
This guidance helps address occupational health issues that may arise during an avian influenza incident.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) laboratory advice [External Link]
Last reviewed: 19 April 2013