Isolation Guidelines

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  • Avian influenza

    Isolation requirements

    • Disease: Avian influenza
    • Category: Airborne Infection Isolation, Droplet Precautions, Contact Precautions
    • Duration of isolation: 14 days after onset of symptoms
    • Comments: Airborne Infection Isolation preferred (Droplet if AII rooms unavailable); N95 respiratory protection (surgical mask if N95 unavailable); eye protection (goggles, face shield), within 3 feet of patient. Continue precautions 14 days after onset of symptoms or until alternative diagnosis established or it is established patient not infected with influenza H5N1 virus. Human-to-human transmission inefficient and rare, but risk of genetic reassortment with human influenza strains and emergence of pandemic strain serious concern.