China bird flu outbreak at 38, Taiwan reports 42 suspected cases, none confirmed
The human H7N9 avian influenza outbreak in China has grown to 38 cases, according to the World Health Organization. Of this total, 10 have resulted in death.
“Based on a seven-day dormant period of virus, the middle of this month is going to be a critical moment for containing any epidemic of H7N9.
…Authorities are still working through the theory that people are contracting the virus through direct contact with infected birds.
The authorities say there’s been no discernable proof of people-to-people transmissions…”.
H7N9 will not peter out anytime soon: health official
Taipei, April 11 (CNA) The new strain of H7N9 avian flu will not disappear anytime soon, the deputy minister of the Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday.
Although Taiwanese experts who recently returned from a fact-finding visit to Shanghai reportedly suggested that a bird flu pandemic will not occur in the short term, the virus will not peter out soon either, Lin Tzou-yien said at a meeting on prevention measures that was attended by officials from the DOH and the Council of Agriculture (COA).
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