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More H7N9 diagnoses, Taiwan on alert
Reports from China say that one more person has died from the H7N9 bird flu, which has already caused three deaths, while the number of diagnosed patients has increased to 14 on the mainland.
The Department of Health (DOH) decided yesterday to list two Chinese provinces and two cities as areas affected by a deadly bird flu virus, but stopped short of restricting entry to Taiwan by tour groups from those regions.
The Changhua county government said yesterday that it will reinforce disinfection and blood tests at poultry farms as precautions in light of reported H7N9 avian influenza cases in China.
Vaccinating hogs and fowl will only be a last resort in staving off bird flu amid a potential H7N9 flu scare because once animals are started on vaccines it is hard to phase them out, animal raising groups said yesterday.
Gov't to intensify H7N9 bird flu prevention: DOH official
Department of Health (DOH) Minister Chiu Wen-ta said yesterday that the level of prevention against H7N9 bird flu must be raised as the epidemic in China could be widespread.
Four more people in China have been infected with a new strain of bird flu, a local government said Tuesday, bringing the country's total to seven.
Lung infections that are easily treated in the young are a cause for great concern in elderly people such as South Africa's 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, experts say.
Sixty years after the first successful polio vaccine trial, the disease has been wiped out in much of the world, but violence, conspiracy theories and lack of cash keep it from disappearing.
One more patient in Saudi Arabia has succumbed to novel coronavirus, bringing the global death toll of the SARS-like virus to eight, the Department of Health (DOH) said yesterday.
Health watchdogs monitoring the risk of malaria in India should keep a close eye on what's happening thousands of kilometers away in the Atlantic, an unusual study published on Sunday suggests.
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