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Travel alert for China's Shanghai, Jiangxi raised after new H7N9 cases

ROC Central News Agency

2016/01/02 14:56:25

Taipei, Jan. 2 (CNA) Taiwan has raised a travel advisory for China's Shanghai City and Jiangxi Province by one level after two H7N9 avian flu cases were reported there, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Saturday.

The CDC issued a level-two alert after a 59-year-old man and a 46-year-old man were confirmed to have contracted H7N9 avian flu in Shanghai and Jiangxi, respectively, it said.

The 59-year-old was still receiving emergency care, while the vitals of the 46-year-old patient have remained stable, said CDC Deputy Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩). The history of the patients' contacts with birds was not yet clear, he added.

The CDC said travelers to Shanghai and Jiangxi should take precautions.

Since autumn, China has reported a total of nine new H7N9 cases, including five in Zhejiang Province and two in Guangdong, Chou said. Most of the patients are over 50 years old and have been exposed to birds, he said.

In addition to the new H7N9 cases, there has been a new confirmed H5N6 case reported in Guangdong. The patient is a 40-year-old woman.

The CDC has so far issued a level-two alert over avian flu for China's Zhejiang, Guangdong, Anhui, Hunan and Jiangxi provinces and Shanghai City. Other cities and provinces in China are still on its level-one watch.

People who plan to travel 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 fever or coughing, the CDC said.

The agency uses a three-tier warning system, with level three being the most severe, in which case people are advised against traveling to the destination.

(By Lung Pei-ning and Elaine Hou)

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