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CDC monitoring two confirmed cases of H7N9 influenza

TAIPEI--The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Saturday that it is monitoring two cases that were confirmed as being infected with H7N9 avian flu earlier this week, as well as anyone who has come in contact with them.

Both patients confirmed as being infected with the disease earlier in the week remain hospitalized, the CDC said, adding that the first case, a female Chinese tourist, is in serious condition.

While all 94 people who came in contact with the woman have tested negative for H7N9 influenza, measures to prevent the spread of the disease have been taken, the CDC said.

Twelve of the 122 people who came in contact with the second case, a Taiwanese businessman, were also given prophylaxis treatment, according to the CDC.

Currently, there is no sign of any spread of the flu, it said.

The two cases this week were the third and fourth imported cases of H7N9 avian flu in Taiwan since April last year.

Taiwan confirmed its first and second imported H7N9 cases from China on April 24 and Dec. 31, 2013.

Since April 3, 2013, a total of 581 suspected H7N9 cases have been reported in Taiwan, but only four have been confirmed, with the December case proving fatal. All the other cases have tested negative.

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