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Influenza H7N9 Virus Outbreak in China

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 section of Safety Hazards In the News on the 3M Personal Safety Division website.