Former H7N9 patient dies
The Chinese tourist who was confirmed to have H7N9 while traveling to Taiwan at the end of last month died on Monday, the Central Epidemic Command Center said yesterday. The case was the country’s second imported bird-flu infection, the first being a Taiwanese national who has since recovered. The center said the 86-year-old man was released from quarantine on Tuesday last week after a series of H7N9 tests turned up negative. However, the man continued to suffer from pneumonia after the quarantine release and remained in hospital, and died on Monday, the disease control authority said. The center said that following the confirmation of the infection, health authorities have been closely following people who had contact with him. All were tested for the virus if they displayed symptoms, and tested negative.
Hung court case closed
The Taoyuan District Court yesterday announced it has closed the trial over the death of army corporal Hung Chung-chiu (洪仲丘) and said that it would deliver a ruling on March 7. Hung died on July 4 last year due to heat exhaustion allegedly caused by being forced to perform intensive physical exercise. He died only three days before he was due to complete his mandatory military service. Colonel Ho Chiang-chung (何江忠), former company commander Major Hsu Shin-cheng (徐信正), Staff Sergeant Fan Tso-hsien (范佐憲) and others have been indicted by military prosecutors in connection with Hung’s death. Following an amendment to the Code of Court Martial Procedure (軍事審判法) in August last year, Hung’s case was transferred to the Taoyuan District Court. The push to overhaul the military justice system was prompted by Hung’s case.