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Taiwan will not consider banning pork imports: DOH

A couple walks in a MRT station yesterday with masks on their faces. Department of Health Minister Yeh Chin-chuan said the government is releasing 2 m...

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A couple walks in a MRT station yesterday with masks on their faces. Department of Health Minister Yeh Chin-chuan said the government is releasing 2 m...

Taiwan will not consider banning imports of pork from abroad at present, given that pigs are not believed to have been responsible for the global outbreak of the A(H1NI) strain of the influenza virus, better known as swine flu, Department of Health (DOH) Minister Yeh Ching-chuan said yesterday.
"At present, there is no need for Taiwan to suspend pork imports," Yeh said at a hearing at the Legislative Yuan.
Yeh also quoted the World Health Organization (WHO) as reporting recently that there is no risk of flu infection from consuming well-cooked pork and pork products.
Yeh said the virus had been transmitted from a human being in Canada to the pigs he raises, meaning that the virus has genetically mutated. There is no evidence, however, that the mutated A(H1N1) virus has been transmitted from infected pigs to humans, nor has it caused any pig-to-pig infection, he added.
The health minister said Taiwan has made inquiries over the past several days to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the UK Department of Health, and the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare about the possibility of providing Taiwan with samples of the A(H1N1) virus strain for vaccine development.
The UK Department of Health gave the quickest response, Yeh said, adding that the UK agreed to provide samples before May 20.
Once the A(H1N1) virus strain is obtained and inactivated, the non-profit National Health Research Institute will be able to develop a vaccine within three months for emergency use, Yeh noted.
According to the latest WHO report, as of 06:00 GMT May 4, 20 countries had officially reported 985 cases of swine flu infection.
Mexico had reported 590 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 25 deaths, while the United States had reported 226 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.
The following countries had reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (85), China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Costa Rica (1), Colombia (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (2), France (2), Germany (8), Ireland (1), Israel (3), Italy (1), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (4), Republic of Korea (1), Spain (40), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (15).


Updated : 2021-05-08 15:48 GMT+08:00