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CDC issues warning as China reports more H7N9 cases
Central News Agency
2014-01-12 10:59 PM
Taipei, Jan. 12 (CNA) Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Sunday received notification that seven new human infections of avian influenza A (H7N9) virus in China and reminded nationals traveling to the mainland to take extra caution. The number of new cases, recorded in Guangdong, Zhejiang provinces and Shanghai, is the second highest reported in a single day in recent times.

It is an indication that the risk of an epidemic continues to exist, said CDC.

CDC has put the Chinese provinces and cities where human infections have been reported on a list for travel alert. They include Guangdong, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Hunan provinces and Shanghai and Beijing. The other areas of China are being kept on watch. In Taiwan, a total of 486 suspected H7N9 infections have been reported to date, with only two confirmed and three remaining to be verified. Both confirmed cases involved visitors from China. The possibility of more human infections in southern China cannot be ruled out, CDC said. Mainland China and Hong Kong have reported 34 cases of human H7N9 infections since Oct. 1. Four of the cases were fatal. The seven new cases involved patients aged between 29 and 78, with some having been in contact with poultry. One of the patients has died. (By Chen Ching-fang and Jay Chen)

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