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Taiwan lifts travel alert for Guangdong Province

Staff writer, with CNA

The Mainland Affairs Council on Wednesday withdrew a yellow travel advisory for Guangdong Province in southern China, after health authorities lowered an H7N9 epidemic alert for the area.

There have been no new cases of the deadly avian influenza strain in Guangdong over the past month, the council said in a statement.

As a result, the Centers for Disease Control on Tuesday lowered its H7N9 “alert” to an epidemic “watch” for the Chinese province, the lowest level on the centers’ three-tier warning system, it said.

However, the council added that the yellow travel alert still applies to China’s Hunan and Zhejiang provinces.

The H7N9 virus is still circulating, and travelers to China should monitor their health and wash their hands frequently, the council said.

It also advised against touching or feeding live birds, picking up dead birds or eating undercooked poultry products.

In the event that symptoms such as a fever or cough develop, an affected person should immediately don a mask and seek medical attention, the council added.

Avian influenza A(H7N9) is an influenza virus subtype that has been detected in birds in the past, but had not been seen in either animals or humans until March last year, the WHO said. As of June 23, there had been 450 cases of H7N9 infection worldwide.

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