The risk of avian influenza to travelers is very low, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Those traveling to areas affected by avian influenza in birds are not considered to be at an elevated risk of infection unless direct and unprotected exposure to infected birds occurs.
General travel guidelines can be found at the following link: http://www.pandemicflu.gov/travel/.
In addition, a map of confirmed avian influenza A (H5N1) cases can be found at the following link: www.pandemicflu.gov/map.html.
Additional Travel Guidelines
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Travelers Health: Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Virus
- Review the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations before, during, and after traveling to affected areas.
- Guidance for U.S. Citizens Living Abroad
- Learn what precautions to take if you are living in areas where avian influenza outbreaks among poultry or human avian influenza A (H5N1) cases have been reported, and what to do if you are exposed to the virus.
U.S. Department of State
- Medical Information for Americans Traveling Abroad
- Learn how U.S. consular officers can assist you if you become seriously ill or injured abroad.
World Health Organization
- Avian influenza
- Before traveling, review the World Health Organization’s avian influenza situation updates.
Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security