China avian flu in­fec­tions raise con­cerns over travel

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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