Wednesday 15 March 2017

Three new cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza HPAI confirmed in Taiwan: 700,000 birds culled since January and 3 human deaths

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Three new cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza HPAI were confirmed among poultry in Taiwan on Thursday the Council of Agriculture said.
They include two cases involving the H5N2 virus and one of the H5N8 strain, the council claimed.
In the last three months 84 poultry farms in Taiwan have been hit by HPAI, including 11 that were infected with the H5N8 strain which has jumped to humans resulting in the culling of nearly 700,000 birds since January.

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A Taiwan resident died of the H7N9 avian flu virus Monday evening, 23 days after the infection was confirmed, the local disease control agency said Tuesday.
The man, 69, contracted the virus on Feb. 4 and died in hospital on Feb. 27 after medical treatment failed, according to the agency.
The man, from Kaohsiung, initially felt ill on Jan. 23 when he was visiting Guangdong Province on business.
He returned to Taiwan on Jan. 25 but was tested negative for bird-flu at a hospital.
The patient felt symptoms such as fever, coughing and breathing difficulties on Jan. 29, and was diagnosed with pneumonia.
He was hospitalized on Feb. 1, and confirmed as having the avian-flu virus three days later.
The man was the first Taiwan resident and second person to die of H7N9 on the island, where a total of five human H7N9 cases have been confirmed, according to local media.
The first person to die from the virus in Taiwan was a mainland resident.

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