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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 414

H7N9 influenza: The concern in oncology

1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, China; Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis, Serbia; Joseph Ayobabalola University, Nigeria; Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Date of Web Publication1-Feb-2016

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DOI: 10.4103/0019-509X.175312

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Emerging influenza is at great concern at present. Since early 2013, the new emerging H7N9 influenza has been detected in China. As a new disease, it is lack for knowledge on this emerging disease. Here, the author will discuss on this new emerging influenza and concern in oncology.

Keywords: Bird, emerging, H7N9, influenza, oncology

How to cite this article:
Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. H7N9 influenza: The concern in oncology. Indian J Cancer 2014;51:414

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. H7N9 influenza: The concern in oncology. Indian J Cancer [serial online] 2014 [cited 2021 Jul 24];51:414. Available from: https://www.indianjcancer.com/text.asp?2014/51/4/414/175312

 » Introduction to New H7n9 Bird Flu Top

New emerging of cross species atypical influenza virus infection is an important concern at present.[1],[2] Basically, influenza is within the group of respiratory infectious disease and it can be seen around the world. Virologically, there are many groups of influenza viruses can that causes infection. Some cause human infections while the others cause animal infection. However, the cross species infections are usually problematic and the new infections have the trend for world-wide pandemic. The previous H5N1 bird flu [3] and H1N1 swine flu [4] are the good examples of new problematic infections.

Since early 2013, the new emerging H7N9 influenza has been detected in China.[5],[6],[7] H7N9 influenza is caused by mutated type of known influenza virus that causes avian disease.[8],[9] However in China scenario, it is reported as the newest emerging human infection.[5],[6] As a new disease, it is lack for knowledge on this emerging disease.

Here, the author will discuss on this new emerging influenza and concern in oncology.

 » New H7n9 Influenza Infection in Cancer Patients Top

The new H7N9 influenza can cause atypical clinical features, which consist of classical acute respiratory illness and additional atypical clinical signs and symptoms (such as diarrhea and conjunctivitis).[7],[10],[11] The new infection causes disease in any sex and age group. It also causes the disease in patients with underlying diseases. Focusing on cancer patient, there is still no report for H7N9 influenza. Nevertheless, it is no doubt that cancer patients are at risk for get severe influenza.[12] The prevention of influenza is an important practice in preventive oncology. In general, influenza vaccination is recommended for the cancer patients.[13] However as a new infection, the vaccine is still not available for the case of H7N9 bird flu.

It is no doubt that the cancer patient is classified as a risk group to get the new H7N9 influenza. However, according to the recommendation by centers for disease control, the antiviral prophylaxis is not suggested for a cancer patient.

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