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Chinese tourist diagnosed with H7N9 bird flu in Taiwan

Chinese tourist diagnosed with H7N9 bird flu in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An 86-year-old Chinese tourist was diagnosed with H7N9 bird flu during his trip to Taiwan, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said Tuesday.
It was the second case of imported H7N9 in 2013, with a similar occurrence recorded last April, officials at the ministry’s Centers for Disease Control said. The CDC has advised people traveling to China to stay away from live poultry and from traditional markets.
The patient was a man from the province of Jiangsu who entered Taiwan on December 17, the CDC said. Two days later he lost his appetite, and on December 24, when he entered hospital, he needed a respirator because of a lung inflammation. He has been in intensive care since, the CDC said.
Of the other members of his tour group, 22 returned to China on December 24, while his two daughters stayed in Taiwan to care for him. Neither of them reported any symptoms of the avian influenza, officials said.
The patient last April was a 53-year-old man who worked in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. He fell ill three days after returning to Taiwan. He was diagnosed as a hepatitis B carrier with hypertension problems, but had not been in apparent contact with poultry during his work in China, the CDC said.
The latest patient was not receiving care in Northern Taiwan, reports said, but his condition was different from the first one, indicating that the virus had already transformed and adapted into a form more difficult to diagnose.
The latest wave of the new H7N9 started in China earlier in the year. While some mild illnesses were recorded, most patients reportedly had severe respiratory illness, with about one-third resulting in death. Experts said no clear evidence of person-to-person spread has been found, though there might be limited cases in rare circumstances.


Updated : 2021-03-06 10:39 GMT+08:00