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Taiwan raises travel alert for Shandong, Hunan on H7N9 report

Taiwan raises travel alert for Shandong, Hunan on H7N9 report

Taipei, March 11 (CNA) Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) raised its travel alert for Shandong and Hunan to Level 2 on Wednesday after three new human infections of H7N9 avian influenza were reported in the northern and south-central Chinese provinces. Authorities there confirmed that three people -- a 58-year-old man in Taian, Shandong, a 63-year-old woman in Yueyang, Hunan, and a 52-year-old woman in Chenzhou, Hunan -- have contracted the flu strain, the first H7N9 human infections in the provinces so far this year. The cases were announced on March 9. The 63-year-old woman has died, while the other two patients remain hospitalized, the CDC said. Level 2 alerts are also in place for Shanghai, Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang in eastern China; Fujian, Guangdong, Guizhou and Yunnan in southern and southwestern China; Jiangxi in northern China; and Xinjiang in western China, the CDC said. All other mainland Chinese provinces and cities are under Level 1 advisories, it said. Some 186 human infections of H7N9 have been reported in China since last October and the situation continues to worsen, the CDC said. Travelers to China should avoid contact with live or dead birds, pay attention to personal hygiene and seek medical attention immediately if they develop symptoms such as a fever or a cough, CDC officials warned. Under the CDC's three-tier system, a level 1 travel warning urges vigilance and health precautions; level 2 calls for a high degree of caution and strong protective measures; and level 3 advises against travel to or from a specified destination. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-22 18:44 GMT+08:00