China avian flu infections raise concerns over travel
China has reported three new cases of avian flu infections early this month, raising travel alerts to the country, Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Thursday.
Shanghai City in coastal China saw two H7N9 cases on April 4 and April 6, while Yunnan Province in the southwestern part of the country reported one H5N1 case on April 3, the agency said.
In Shanghai, the patients are a 52-year old male and a 37-yearold female, according to the CDC. The male has been recovering, while the female remains in critical condition.
The Yunnan case is a six-yearold boy, who has recovered, the CDC said.
CDC officials warned 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.
Some 189 human infections of H7N9 and five H5N1 cases have been reported in China since last October, the CDC said.
Taiwan has imposed Level 2 travel alerts for 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 mainland Chinese provinces and cities are under Level 1 advisories, it added.