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MAC warns of H5N6 human infection fear in China's Yunnan Province

Taipei, July 15 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) issued a level-2 travel alert for China's Yunnan Province Wednesday after the southwestern province reported a human infection of H5N6 avian flu. The 37-year-old woman died July 10 after developing H5N6 symptoms July 6, according to Chinese health officials. Travelers to the area should stay alert and pay attention to their personal hygiene, the MAC said as it raised its travel alert for Yunnan on its three-level scale. Other cities and provinces in China remain at the level-one alert, it said. The council uses a three-tier warning system, with level 3 the most severe, meaning that people are advised against traveling to the destination. The move brings Yunnan to the same alert level as Beijing and Shanghai, as well as Fujian, Jiangsu, Anhui and Zhejiang provinces, where H7N9 avian flu is still prevalent, the MAC said. H5N6 is a low-pathogenic bird flu virus found between 1984 and 2013 in Germany, Sweden and the United States. The Council of Agriculture detected the virus in 2004 in bird feces at a Taipei nature preserve that is home to migratory birds, but H5N6 has never been found in locally raised poultry, according to officials of Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)

Updated : 2021-05-11 23:10 GMT+08:00