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Any patient with suspected or confirmed Asian lineage A(H7N9) virus infection should be commenced on antiviral treatment as soon as possible and isolated in a hospital room, with strict adherence to local and national recommended infection control precautions. Instructions for discharge or home care and risk management of clinically mild illness with Asian lineage A(H7N9) virus infection should be provided by local or national public health departments to fit the needs of the particular case. The public health department will determine whether quarantine of exposed people, other forms of social distancing, and other pharmacological and non-pharmacological measures must be undertaken to minimise Asian lineage A(H7N9) virus transmission among exposed people in the community. Physicians should involve local or national public health agencies when managing Asian lineage A(H7N9) cases. Confirmed cases are notifiable under World Health Organization International Health Regulations.

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