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Taiwan issues H5N6 flu alert for Sichuan province

TAIPEI -- Taiwan issued a travel warning for Sichuan province in China Tuesday after Chinese authorities confirmed the southwestern province has seen the world's first recorded human infection of H5N6 avian flu.

“People traveling to Sichuan should take precautions for their health and refrain from coming into contact with fowl, either alive or dead,” said Chuang Jen hsiang, deputy director-general of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The CDC has upped its travel alert for Sichuan to level 2 on its three-level scale.

A 49-year-old man infected with the H5N6 strain died earlier Tuesday in Sichuan, Chuang said, citing China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The man, who died of acute severe pneumonia, was exposed to poultry that died of the illness, he said.

H5N6 is a low-pathogenic bird flu virus found between 1984 and 2013 in Germany, Sweden and the United States.

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