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Travelers warned about avian flu outbreak in China

Travelers warned about avian flu outbreak in China

Taipei, Jan. 19 (CNA) Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advised travelers heading for China Monday to take precautions after reports of an outbreak of avian influenza in humans in China's Shandong and Shanxi provinces over the past two days.
CDC Deputy Director-General Chou Jih-haw said that a preliminary investigation into the latest avian flu outbreak in China shows that the cases are all bird-to-human transmissions.
There have been no indications of human-to-human transmissions in the outbreak, he noted, adding that travelers should avoid visiting live poultry trading markets or coming into contact with live birds while touring in China during the traditional Lunar New Year holiday in late January.
Despite fever monitoring on incoming travelers at airports and harbors around Taiwan, the CDC has since the beginning of the year not found any incoming passengers suspected of having contracted avian flu.
However, the statement said the agency has still reinforced quarantine measures to prevent possible avian flu outbreaks during the peak travel period between the two sides of Taiwan Strait in the week-long Lunar New Year holiday that begins this coming weekend.
In 2008, some 40 cases of human-contracted avian flu were reported in six countries -- Indonesia, Egypt, Vietnam, China, Cambodia and Bangladesh, the CDC said.
(By Elizabeth Hsu)




Updated : 2021-10-19 05:35 GMT+08:00