Taiwan reports 2nd case of H7N9 virus since April


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Health authorities confirmed Tuesday the infection of H7N9 in a person entering Taiwan from China, the second imported infection of the virus since April.

The Centers for Disease Control under the Ministry of Health and Welfare said it will give more details about the infection later Tuesday night.

Cases of H7N9, H10N8 and H9N2 avian flu have emerged in China and Hong Kong over the past few months, indicating that the threat of avian flu remains, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said.

CDC Deputy Director Chou Jih-haw issued the warning after the CDC was informed by the Hong Kong government of an imported H9N2 avian flu case earlier Monday.

The patient lives in Shenzhen and sought medical treatment in Hong Kong on Dec. 28 after developing a cold and coughing up phlegm. He was later confirmed to have the H9N2 flu strain.

In light of the H9N2 case seen in Hong Kong, Chou believed the virus strain probably has existed in poultry in China for some time.