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Taiwan confirms 3rd imported H7N9 case (update)
Central News Agency
2014-04-22 11:17 PM
Taipei, April 22 (CNA) The Centers for Disease Control confirmed Tuesday the third imported case of H7N9 avian flu since April last year. The patient, a 44-year-old woman from China's Jiangsu Province, entered Taiwan April 17 as part of a tour group. She is currently in serious condition in a hospital intensive care unit. The woman had a dry cough and muscle soreness when she arrived in Taiwan and went to a clinic in New Taipei for treatment that day. On April 18, she developed nausea and fever and sought treatment at a hospital the following day, where an X-ray showed that she had pneumonia and pleural effusion. On April 20, she was taken to a medical center accompanied by her tour group leader and was given tamiflu. The medical center then notified the CDC of a suspected H7N9 avian flu case. The CDC has informed the World Health Organization of the latest case that is being treated in Taiwan.

Chuang Jen-hsiang, deputy CDC director-general, said that the patient had purchased chicken slaughtered at a traditional market in Nanjing before coming to Taiwan. Family members of the woman, who has a history of diabetes, have traveled to Taiwan to take care of her. Chuang said that 61 people are known to have had contact with the woman, including the 34-member tour group. None of them have so far developed symptoms. Other members of the group have continued their planned itinerary in Taiwan and are scheduled to depart April 24. Taiwan confirmed its first and second imported H7N9 cases from China April 24 and Dec. 31, 2013. Since April 3, 2013, 576 suspected H7N9 cases have been reported, although only three have been confirmed, with the December case proving fatal. All the other 573 cases tested negative. (By Chen Ching-fang and Lilian Wu)

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