55 people on preventive medication over H7N9 concerns

Thursday, January 2, 2014
By Paul Martin


Taipei, Jan. 2 (CNA) Fifty-five of the 163 people known to have come into close contact with a Chinese tourist infected with the H7N9 strain of avian flu have begun taking preventive medication, a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) official said Thursday.

Among them were three medical care providers who began to show respiratory symptoms and were asked to stay at home for self-health management, said CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang.

In addition, Chuang said, sputumn samples were collected from them for testing.

“They all tested negative,” Chuang said after the examination results became available around Thursday noon, showing that none of the trio were infected with the virus.

The infected Chinese tourist, 86, arrived in Taipei Dec. 17 last year and was hospitalized Dec. 24 for treatment for pneumonia. He had visited major tourist destinations in seven cities and counties around Taiwan before his hospitalization.

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