Taiwan confirms 4th imported H7N9 case

Saturday, April 26, 2014
By Paul Martin


Taipei, April 25 (CNA) Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed Friday the island’s fourth imported case of H7N9 avian flu since April last year.

The patient, a 39-year-old Taiwanese businessman, developed symptoms similar to that of H7N9 when he entered Taiwan on April 19, after traveling to Beijing and Kunshan in eastern China.

X-ray test results on April 23 showed that he had pulmonary infiltration. He was then sent to a hospital for intensive care, the CDC said.

The case was confirmed to be H7N9 at 6 p.m. Friday.

Initial investigation found that the patient neither had contact with birds nor visited markets where live poultry was sold when he was in China, according to the CDC.

People who have had close contact with the patient, including three family members and one colleague, did not develop suspicious symptoms, the CDC said.

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