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CDC warns of lingering threat of avian flu: CDC

CDC warns of lingering threat of avian flu: CDC

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) Cases of H7N9, H10N8 and H9N2 avian flu have emerged in China and Hong Kong over the past few months, indicating that the threat of avian flu remains, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Monday. CDC Deputy Director Chou Jih-haw issued the warning after the CDC was informed by the Hong Kong government of an imported H9N2 avian flu case earlier Monday. The patient lives in Shenzhen and sought medical treatment in Hong Kong on Dec. 28 after developing a cold and coughing up phlegm. He was later confirmed to have the H9N2 flu strain. In light of the H9N2 case seen in Hong Kong, Chou believed the virus strain probably has existed in poultry in China for some time. Hong Kong reported the first human case in 1999 and as of the end of 2009, China and Hong Kong had reported six confirmed cases, with the patients ranging from 1-5 years old. Bangladesh also reported a confirmed case involving a 51-year-old woman. Chou said Taiwan has yet to detect the H9N2 virus in humans, and the Council of Agriculture has also not found the virus in the habitats of migratory birds and among poultry. He warned, however, that avian flu is more prevalent during the winter and urged people to take precautions and avoid contact with poultry while traveling abroad. (By Lung Jui-yun and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-04-10 22:01 GMT+08:00