The Chinese New Year takes place on Saturday 28 January. 2017 is the Chinese Year of the Rooster. 

Human cases of avian (bird) flu are being reported in China, with more cases expected. Visitors to mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan should avoid exposure to wild birds and poultry. This includes staying away from live bird or animal markets and poultry farms. 

NaTHNaC and Public Health England are reminding travellers planning to celebrate in China how to protect themselves to ensure a safe and healthy trip.

Although the risk to UK residents travelling to the affected areas remains very low, anyone planning to visit China, Hong Kong SAR or Taiwan should avoid exposure to wild birds and poultry. You should also see your GP, or travel health clinic prior to traveling to check you are in date with any recommended vaccinations and discuss any other potential health risks.

If travellers experience flu like illness within 10 days of returning from China, it is important to mention their recent travel when contacting their GP.