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Military relief workers only have minor A(H1N1)

 A medical worker checks the temperature of a freshmen student during the admission to Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, Saturday Aug. 22, 2009.  The W...
Chemical Corps soldiers are dispatched to disinfect disaster-hit areas on August 25 after four search and rescue soldiers contracted a new strand of H...
Military relief workers only have minor A(H1N1)
Military relief workers only have minor A(H1N1)
Soldiers in Pingtung County wear face masks after four search and rescue soldiers contracted a new strand of H1N1.

China Asia Swine Flu

A medical worker checks the temperature of a freshmen student during the admission to Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, Saturday Aug. 22, 2009. The W...

Disaster areas disinfected

Chemical Corps soldiers are dispatched to disinfect disaster-hit areas on August 25 after four search and rescue soldiers contracted a new strand of H...

Protecting against disease

Soldiers in Pingtung County wear face masks after four search and rescue soldiers contracted a new strand of H1N1.

The four officers working in the typhoon disaster areas and diagnosed with A(H1N1) all have a light version of the swine flu virus, the military said yesterday.
The military also withdrew 212 other soldiers who had been in contact with the patients from the relief effort. Another 37 officers have tested positive for the virus since July 24, but none of those participated in disaster relief and 36 had already left hospital, said Fan Pao-luo, director of the Medical Affairs Bureau at the Ministry of National Defense.
Two army members were undergoing treatment at a civilian hospital in Pingtung County, while two marines were staying at a military hospital in Kaohsiung. The condition of the four was stable, Fan told a news conference.
The Hsinchu City Government said yesterday that two men fulfilling their alternative military service at a city office had been diagnosed with the swine flu virus. The city asked citizens who came into contact with the two to watch their health. The Presidential Office said yesterday President Ma Ying-jeou had asked Premier Liu Chao-shiuan to consult experts and report back whether there was a need to convene the National Security Council to discuss the threats posed by the virus. Lawmakers called on the Ministry of National Defense not to underestimate the threat of a virus outbreak.
"If the virus spreads, it will be another disaster, about as bad as the typhoon," said Kuomintang lawmaker Lin Yu-fang.
Health crews disinfected the Datan Elementary School in Tungkang, Pingtung County, yesterday. Military relief workers use the school buildings as a base.
Premier Liu Chao-shiuan said Monday all relief workers, military and civilian, should be wearing face masks. The military said it had also begun taking twice-daily temperature tests, with anyone found with a high temperature being sent away from the disaster area immediately for treatment at a military hospital. Masks were handed out to homeless victims of the typhoon staying at temples and schools, media reported, while the military were cleaning up and disinfecting 55 schools in Kaohsiung County to prepare for the start of the new school year next Monday.
According to the CDC, more than 38,000 people were infected with the swine flu virus since it first appeared in Taiwan. One of the key points of the CDC's efforts would be to prevent the outbreak of cluster infections at hospitals. If circumstances necessitated it, the CDC said it would require all visitors to hospitals to wear masks and order the closure of food plazas inside medical centers.


Updated : 2021-07-28 16:35 GMT+08:00