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    Posted: February 04 2017 at 3:54am
http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3087821
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Centers for Disease Control said Saturday they were looking for 108 people who came into contact with a 69-year-old Kaohsiung man who brought the H7N9 bird flu back from China.

The man reportedly contracted the disease during a stay in Guangdong Province for his work in late January. He visited a doctor in China after showing symptoms such as fever, but returned to Taiwan on January 25. Tests at a local hospital the following day concluded he did not have fever, and after being administered antibiotics, he was allowed to return home on the condition he kept watch on his condition, reports said.

On January 29, he felt feverish again, while he also had to cough and showed breathing difficulties. A second hospital visit led to a verdict of pneumonia, but it was a new test which finally concluded on February 1 that the man had contracted H7N9, reports said.

The patient was unconscious and staying in intensive care, the CDC said. He is the first case of imported H7N9 this year and also the first one since the spring of 2014, according to CDC data. The authorities recently warned visitors to China to be careful, since over the past few months, more than 260 people had been diagnosed with the bird flu.

Six people in China who had contact with the man had been traced, with four of them having recovered from apparent symptoms and two others not having shown any health problems at all, the CDC said.

All of five H7N9 human infection cases in Taiwan over the past four years were imported from China, the CDC said, warning that the fatality rate for this particular type of bird flu amounted to a range from 30 to 40 percent
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Good catch - first I've heard of this case.


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What is interesting is how all the hardest hit areas in China, such as the Guangong province, have stopped reporting cases. Based on exported cases, there could be hundreds of jnfected, but only the central, rural provinces like Hanan are reporting cases. Even there, there are several cases a day.

Either China is trying to be hostile with the US, or they are unable to report due to the amount of infected. Before, there has been no evidence of sustained h7n9 transmission between humans, but now we don't know. What is interesting is that the Chinese government is putting up notices to wear masks when exhibiting respiratory symptoms.
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It might just indicate a change higher up the chain of command that prefers a return to China's old approach of keeping their internal problems quiet. Whatever it is, there are clearly far more infections than they're admitting to, and all indications seem to point to a virus that's getting closer to a human strain. Guangdong is particularly worrisome because of it's long history of brewing up novel viruses, and it's proximity to Hong Kong (which is often used as the starting point by governments to estimate pandemic spread - probably with good reason).
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