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H7N9 surveillance eases as risk sees decline: CDC

TAIPEI -- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced Tuesday that the level of its surveillance on the H7N9 avian flu strain will return to normal, ending the operation of its H7N9 Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC). The CDC's latest assessment found no evidence that there will be widespread human-to-human transmission, said CDC Director-General Chang Feng-yee. “The risk of the disease spreading widely in Taiwan via humans in the near future is considered low,” Chang said.

The severity of H7N9 remains the same, with a mortality rate of some 30 percent, but its relatively limited human-to-human transmissibility has made pandemic control more manageable, added Christine Liu, the CDC's director of Epidemic Intelligence Center.

However, related disease monitoring will not stop and will be handled during regular conferences held by the Executive Yuan, Chang said. The H7N9 CECC opened April 3 last year and operated for 374 days, making it Taiwan's longest-serving disease control unit, Chang said

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