1st Bird Flu Case Reported in Hong Kong, Taiwan Intensify Alert

Published on : Wednesday, December 4, 2013

TaiwanWith an Indonesian woman’s hospitalization in critical condition and Hong Kong Government’s confirmation of its first human case of the H7N9 bird flu late Monday, Taiwan has immediately tightened preventive measures against an influx of H7N9 avian flu the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Wednesday.


The center said, “Fever screenings have been intensified at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, especially for visitors from China.”


State-owned Taoyuan International Airport Corp. responsible for management of the country’s main gateway said it has stepped up efforts to prevent any possible viral invasion.


The CDC said in a statement “The Indonesian had visited Chinese city of Shenzhen in November where she were exposed to poultry there, hence the Hong Kong case has tentatively been listed an infection imported from China’s Guangdong Province.”


Overall, since the beginning of autumn, it was the sixth confirmed human H7N9 case reported in China, including Hong Kong and Macau, the statement said. It added, Taiwan must remain high alert against the disease.


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