The recent occurrence of a novel influenza A (H7N9) virus confirmed
in poultry and humans from multiple provinces in China has generated
inquires regarding the use of respiratory protective devices to help
minimize occupational exposure to the H7N9 virus. At this time, there
is no evidence of human to human transmission, although the possibility
is being investigated. For resources on this subject, please read
the H7N9 Influenza Bulletin for Healthcare Workers.
In addition, no recommendations have been issued
regarding the use of respiratory protection by the general public for
these most recent influenza cases.
For more general information regarding Infleunza, please read the Influenza
Safety Hazards In the News on the 3M Personal Safety Division website.