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CDC advises precautions as flu season peaks

CDC advises precautions as flu season peaks

Taipei, Jan. 3 (CNA) The number of influenza cases in Taiwan have been increasing and is not likely to ease up until March, the Centers for Disease Control said Saturday, urging people to pay attention to proper personal hygiene. CDC data showed 55 cases of severe flu-related complications since August last year, including 14 deaths among people with chronic conditions. It cautioned anyone with travel plans in the northern hemisphere to be particularly on alert against the flu, while travelers to China need to watch out for H7N9. The CDC has issued a level-2 alert for the coastal provinces of Zhejiang, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Fujian, as well as for Shanghai and Xinjiang, meaning a high degree of caution and take strong protective measures are needed while visiting those areas. All other Chinese cities are given a level-1 "watch" advisory on the three-level system. Travelers to affected areas should avoid direct contact with birds or poultry, not eat uncooked meat and eggs, avoid feeding wild birds, wash their hands frequently, and see a doctor immediately if they develop a fever or cough, the CDC advised. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-19 23:07 GMT+08:00