Eastern seaboard cities boost health measures in light of new H7N9 virusUnder the contingency plan, schools, hospitals and retirement facilities are to be on the alert for fevers, and administrators are to report to health authorities if there are more than five cases of flu in a week.
Cases of severe pneumonia with unclear causes are to be reported daily by hospitals to health bureaus, up from the weekly norm. The plan also called for stronger monitoring of people who work at poultry farms or are exposed to birds.
The Level-3 response plan, the second lowest in a four-stage scale, reflects higher concern after the H7N9 bird flu virus led to the deaths in Shanghai and seriously sickened a woman in the city of Chuzhou 360 kilometres west.
"The health bureau will take effective and powerful measures to prevent and control the disease, to make sure the flu epidemic is effectively guarded against and to safeguard the health of the city's residents," said Xu Jianguang, head of the Shanghai Health Bureau.