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Additional H7N9 cases in China raise alert level

By Alison Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has raised the travel notice for China’s Fujian Province and several other areas to a “level two” after a H7N9 infection that was reported in the Chinese province was confirmed late on Saturday.

Two cases of H7N9 infections, one in Fujian Province and the other in Jiangsu Province, were confirmed by Chinese health authorities on Saturday.

They were followed by confirmations of seven more cases in Shanghai, Zhejiang Province and Guangdong Province yesterday, bringing the total number of reported bird flu infections to 34 since October last year, four of which were fatal, according to the centers.

One fatality, involving a 38-year-old Fujian man was also the first infection reported from Fujian Province since last fall, the centers said.

China (Hong Kong and Macau excluded) has been listed by the center as a country where travelers are cautioned to take the usual precautions, as designated by the first-level travel notice, “watch.”

The provinces of Guangdong, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Hunan and Fujian, and the cities of Shanghai and Beijing, have also been issued a level two travel alert due to reported local infections.

The centers said, as of yesterday, a total of 486 suspected cases have been reported in Taiwan since April last year, of which two were confirmed imported H7N9 infections, 481 cleared of infection and three in the process of confirmation.

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