Last April Taiwan was the first place, outside of mainland China, to detect an H7N9 case (see Taiwan Confirms First Imported Case Of H7N9) – an event that not only sparked enhanced surveillance, but also a fast track vaccine development program (see Taiwan Adjusts Their H7N9 Vaccine Production Outlook).
Today, Taiwan’s CDC has released a press statement indicating that they’ve detected a new imported case of H7N9 – this time an 86 year old man from Jiangsu Province, China who appears to have been part of a tour group.
Below you’ll find the (machine translated) statement. I expect we’ll be hearing a good deal more on this later today.
Command Center today (12/31) evening to confirm an imported H7N9 influenza cases. Case was a resident in mainland China, Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province 86 year old male, 12/17 inbound tourism in Taiwan, 12/19 began to loss of appetite, 12/23 chest tightness, 12/24 am to hospital emergency medical care, because both sides of the day pneumonia and ventilator ICU stay, 12/26 administered Tamiflu, 12/27 physicians reported to the Centers for Disease Control Department for examination and specimen collection, test results today to determine the present continuous treatment in the intensive care ward. To the press release time deadline, the command center has confirmed the patient group with 25 people who were 12 and 22/24 return to the mainland, their two daughters continued to stay in Taiwan to take care of patients, they no symptoms.
Command Center said the patient during the journey to Taiwan, visited included Taoyuan County, Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taichung City, Chiayi City, Kaohsiung, Taitung, Hualien County and other counties of the famous attractions, patients in the journey in no fever or cough, detailed travel history and had hotel accommodation information, command centers are engraved with a detailed guide to confirm, to facilitate contacts grasp travel period. Now through the district control center, local health officers launched against people travel during the time of investigation, and strive to really grasp all possible close contacts and inventoried tube, other health care hospital for the treatment of patients and other related contacts, has been investigated and inventoried, appropriate protection for those who are not, will be given prophylaxis. Public health workers for all close contacts caught giving full health education and H7N9 influenza independent health management notice and actively track to lift the tube, if contact occurs with fever, cough, influenza-like symptoms, please wear a mask for medical treatment, and initiative to inform the physician contact history.
WHO also sync command center informed and notified the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong and Macao contact window through IHR contact window.
In response to the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong continued to appear since the autumn H7N9 flu cases, indicating the risk of epidemics and the threat increases. Present, except in Guangdong Province and Zhejiang Province, Jiangsu Province, will travel epidemic upgraded to second level: Alert (Alert), the remaining provinces (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) as the first stage: Note (Watch), the command center to alert plan infected people, it is important to maintain good hygiene, avoid contact with birds. Also, once again reminded the people, to the Chinese mainland, the class should avoid contact with birds, especially not to pick up dead birds; eating chickens, ducks, geese and eggs to be cooked;, and should be implemented hand-washing and other personal hygiene measures to avoid infection. When you return home if fever or flu-like symptoms, they should inform the airline personnel and airport and port of quarantine officers; such as after returning the above symptoms should wear a mask and seek medical advice and inform the physician contact history and travel history. Latest epidemic diseases and other related information can be found in the Agency website ( http://www.cdc.gov.tw ) the "H7N9 flu Corner" and "International Travel Information" area, or call the toll-free hotline and caring people informed epidemic 1922 ( or 0800-001922) contact.
- The draft date :2013-12-31
- Update Date :2013-12-31
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