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Travel alert for Guizhou raised on H7N9 report: CDC

Travel alert for Guizhou raised on H7N9 report: CDC

Taipei, Feb. 11 (CNA) Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) raised the travel alert for Guizhou to a level-2 "alert" Wednesday after a new human infection of H7N9 avian influenza was reported in the southwestern Chinese province. Authorities there confirmed that a 44-year-old man in Guiyang, the capital of the province, has been infected with avian flu, the first human infection to be reported in the city since the year began. Level-2 alerts are also in place for Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang in eastern China; Fujian, Guangdong, Yunnan in the south and southwest; Jiangxi in northern China; and Xinjiang in the far west. All the other mainland Chinese provinces and cities are under level-1 advisories, the CDC said. There have been 133 reports of human infections of H7N9 in China since October last year, and the situation continues to worsen, it said. Travelers to China should refrain from coming into contact with fowl, either living or dead, and pay attention to personal hygiene and seek medical attention immediately if they develop symptoms such as a fever or cough, CDC officials said. Under the CDC's three-tier warning system, a leve-1 "watch" urges vigilance and health precautions; a level-2 "alert" calls for a high degree of caution and taking strong protective measures; and a level-3 "warning" warns against traveling to and from a specified destination. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-25 12:18 GMT+08:00