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April 30, 2017

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CDC issues warning as China reports more cases of H7N9

TAIPEI--Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday received notification of seven new human infections of the avian influenza A (H7N9) virus in China, and reminded nationals traveling to the mainland to exercise caution.

The number of new cases, recorded in Guangdong, Zhejiang provinces and Shanghai, is the second highest reported in a single day in recent times.

It is an indication that the risk of an epidemic continues to exist, said the CDC.

The CDC has put the Chinese provinces and cities where human infections have been reported on a list for travel alert. They include Guangdong, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Hunan provinces and Shanghai and Beijing.

The other areas of China are being kept on watch.

In Taiwan, a total of 486 suspected H7N9 infections have been reported to date, with only two confirmed and three remaining to be verified. Both confirmed cases involved visitors from China.

The possibility of more human infections in southern China cannot be ruled out, the CDC said.

Mainland China and Hong Kong have reported 34 cases of human H7N9 infections since Oct. 1. Four of the cases were fatal.

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