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TOURISM

Falling rocks kill tourist

A tourist died after being hit by falling rocks while traveling on the Central Cross-Island Highway, the Tourism Bureau said yesterday. The bureau said the accident occurred at 1:40pm, when the rocks fell from a slope along the highway and hit a tour bus carrying 35 people. A 47-year-old woman surnamed Wang (王) died on the spot, the bureau said, adding that two men and one woman were also injured. All the passengers on board were Taiwanese, it said. The bureau said the one-day tour between Taipei and Hualien was arranged by Taipei-based Iris Travel Service Co (蝶戀花旅行社) and included 34 tourists and one tour guide. The travel agency informed the bureau that each tourist in the group was insured — NT$2 million (US$63,211) in the case of a death and NT$200,000 for injuries. The driver was not under the influence of alcohol, police said.

HEALTH

Forest pet ban extended

A ban against pets in forest recreation areas is to be extended for another year until July 31 next year, due to continued detections of the rabies virus in wild ferret-badgers, the Council of Agriculture said. The ban applies to all forest recreation areas, forest parks and nature reserves managed by the Forestry Bureau. It was first imposed in August 2013 to prevent the spread of rabies, after rabies infections among ferret-badgers were reported. The bureau said there have been seven cases in which people have been bitten by rabid ferret-badgers this year, compared with four last year. The Transmissible Animal Disease Prevention and Control Act (動物傳染病防治條例) states that people who take their pets to the forbidden areas can be fined between NT$50,000 and NT$1 million, it said.

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