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CDC updates travel alerts over avian flu cases in China

Staff writer, with CNA

China reported three new cases of avian influenza infections this month, raising Taiwan’s travel alerts to the nation, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday.

Shanghai reported two H7N9 cases on Saturday last week and on Monday, while Yunnan Province reported a case of the H5N1 strain on Friday last week, it said.

In Shanghai, the cases are a 52-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, the CDC said. The man has been recovering, while the woman remains in critical condition.

The Yunnan case involved a six-year-old boy, who has recovered, the CDC said.

CDC officials said that travelers 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 a fever or a cough.

About 189 H7N9 human infections and five of H5N1 have been reported in China since October last year, the CDC said.

Taiwan has imposed level-2 travel alerts for the cities and provinces of Shanghai, Anhui, Hunan, Jiangsu and Zhejiang in eastern China; Fujian, Guangdong, Guizhou, Sichuan and Yunnan in the south and southwest; Jiangxi and Shandong in central and northern China; and Xinjiang in the far west, the CDC said.

All other Chinese provinces and cities are under level-1 advisories, it added.

Under the CDC’s three-tier system, a level-1 travel warning urges vigilance and health precautions; level 2 calls for a high degree of caution and strong protective measures; and level 3 advises against travel.

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