Taipei, March 31 (CNA) Taiwan
heightened its vigilance at its entry ports and alerted the medical
professionals to be on the look out for unknown pneumonia patients after
China reported two deaths from and one critical case of H7N9 avian
influenza infection Sunday.
Chou Jih-haw, deputy director general
of Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control, said China's Centers for
Disease Control informed his centers of the H7N9 bird flu cases Sunday
evening, upon which he issued a notice to all medical institutions in
Taiwan as well as to all airports and sea ports.
Chou said the
medical institutions have been advised to be on the alert against any
cases of unknown pneumonia, clusters of pneumonia or medical workers
stricken by unknown pneumonia. Hospitals and other health care
facilities were told to strengthen control of infectious diseases.
the meantime, entry port workers were asked to watch the health
conditions of travelers from China, Hong Kong and Macau, tighten checks
on fever-looking in-bound visitors and question their travel history.
Those found to be suffering from fever should be asked to leave their
contact addresses and numbers, he added.
Two men, aged 87 and 27,
in Shanghai passed away on March 4 and 10 respectively. In Anhui,
central China, a 35-year-old female patient came down with the virus,
according to Chinese health authorities, who noted that these were the
first reported cases of H7N9 human infection in the world.
said China's CDC on March 29 conducted tests and confirmed that all
three cases were H7N9. He quoted China's CDC as saying that all three
cases presented early respiratory infection symptoms of fever and cough,
and later developed into severe pneumonia and had breathing
No link had been found between the three patients and no abnormality was detected among the 88 close contacts of three cases.
There is no vaccine against the virus at the moment.
centers reminded the public to remain vigilant against avian influenza
infection and to avoid direct contact with poultry and birds, as well as
their droppings. If contacts have been made, one is advised to wash
hands thoroughly with soap and water.
(By Chen Ching-fang and S.C. Chang)