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Taiwan confirms 4th imported H7N9 case (update)

Taiwan confirms 4th imported H7N9 case (update)

Taipei, April 25 (CNA) Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed Friday the island's fourth imported case of H7N9 avian flu since April last year.
The patient, a 39-year-old Taiwanese businessman, developed symptoms similar to that of H7N9 when he entered Taiwan on April 19, after traveling to Beijing and Kunshan in eastern China. X-ray test results on April 23 showed that he had pulmonary infiltration. He was then sent to a hospital for intensive care, the CDC said. The case was confirmed to be H7N9 at 6 p.m. Friday. Initial investigation found that the patient neither had contact with birds nor visited markets where live poultry was sold when he was in China, according to the CDC. People who have had close contact with the patient, including three family members and one colleague, did not develop suspicious symptoms, the CDC said. CDC officials said they are also keeping track of a total of 57 medical personnel who have come in contact with the patient, as well as eight passengers who were on the same flight with him. The CDC is currently in the process of reporting the case to the World Health Organization. Friday's case was the second H7N9 patient identified in Taiwan this week. A 44-year-old tourist from China's Jiangsu Province was found to be infected with the disease Tuesday. Taiwan confirmed its first and second imported H7N9 cases from China on April 24 and Dec. 31, 2013, respectively. Since April 3, 2013, a total of 581 suspected H7N9 cases have been reported in Taiwan, but only four have been confirmed, with the December case proving fatal. All the other cases tested negative. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2022-01-21 09:55 GMT+08:00

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