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CDC rules out possibility of first swine flu case in Taiwan

The Centers for Disease Control said last night that a 32-year-old male with the flu symptom of a high fever was ruled out as a swine flu case possibility according to the result of a four-hour preliminary examination, but he will be kept in quarantine awaiting the final result. The Taoyuan resident returned to Taiwan from Mexico four days ago and has had a fever over 38.50C ever since, said CDC Deputy Director Shih Wen-yi. His family members sent him to hospital yesterday afternoon for medical examination.
Health Minister Yeh Chin-chuan said earlier in the day that the Department of Health (DOH) had listed the H1N1 swine flu as the most severe type 1 epidemic, but he emphasized that consumption of pork was not a channel for disease contraction.
The World Health Organization (WHO) was due to hold a conference in Geneva later yesterday to discuss whether to raise the epidemic level. Once the level is elevated to the fourth from the current level three, Yeh said the Executive Yuan will set up a taskforce standing by all day long.
As Taiwan joined the International Health Regulations this year, the DOH is able to access first-hand international epidemic information issued by the WHO, said Yeh.