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WHO: One Confirmed Case Of Human H7N9 Infection Reported In Taiwan

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday that Taipei Centers for Disease Control (CDC) had notified it of a laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) late last month.

According to WHO, the patient is an 86 year-old man from Jiangsu, China who traveled to Taiwan with a tourist group from December 17 to 24. He felt uncomfortable on December 19, and was admitted to a hospital on December 24 after being diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

"The patient is currently intubated and supported by extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. The other tour members have returned, except for the two daughters of the patient who remained and showed no symptoms," the press release read.

"WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with regard to this event, nor does it currently recommend any travel or trade restrictions," the UN health agency concluded.

Influenza A(H7N9) is one of a subgroup of influenza viruses that normally circulate among birds. Until recently, this virus had not been seen in human beings. However, human infections have now been detected. Nevertheless, there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission.

by RTT Staff Writer

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