Chinese New Year for 2020 officially begins on 25 January and ends on 8 February 2020. This year is the year of the rat.
The potential health risks will vary between individuals depending on the amount of time spent in China, the areas being visited and leisure pursuits undertaken. Risk factors such as age, pre-existing health conditions and medications, pregnancy etc should be taken into account during a travel consultation.
Travellers are advised that, although human cases of avian influenza are rare, visitors to China should avoid exposure to wild birds and poultry.
Information and advice on travel to China, and the risks posed by avian influenza, is available to view on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.