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Taiwan lifts yellow travel alert for Shanghai
Central News Agency
2014-03-07 11:00 PM
Taipei, March 7 (CNA) Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) lifted its yellow travel alert for Shanghai on Thursday after no additional H7N9 cases were reported there over the past month. Following the recommendations of the Central Epidemic Command Center, the MAC downgraded its epidemic travel advisory for Shanghai from a yellow, or level-2, alert to a level-1 watch, which advises travelers simply to take precautions against H7N9 avian influenza. The MAC issued a yellow travel alert for Shanghai in early January after the Chinese city confirmed a new human H7N9 avian influenza case. The level-2 alert was already in place at the time for Beijing and the provinces of Jilin, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Hunan, Fujian, and Anhui and the autonomous region of Guangxi. The MAC urged people who have to travel to epidemic areas in China to wash their hands frequently, wear a surgical mask, and avoid direct contact with birds or poultry. Travelers were also advised to stay away from uncooked meat and eggs and not feed wild birds, including pigeons. If travelers to epidemic areas develop a fever and cough, they should promptly see a doctor after returning to Taiwan, the council advised. (By Chou Yi-lin and Lilian Wu)
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