Taiwan raises travel alert for Zhejiang, Guangdong


TAIPEI — Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Monday it has raised the travel alert for Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces in southeastern China after two reports of human infections of H7N9 avian flu.

The CDC upgraded its epidemic travel advisory for the two provinces from a level-1 ��watch�� to a level-2 ��alert,�� which means travelers are advised to maintain a high degree of caution and take strong protective measures.

The coastal province of Jiangsu and the westernmost Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region are also under level-2 alerts, while all other Chinese cities have level-1 advisories. Under the CDC’s three-tier warning system, level-1 and 2 advisories urge vigilance and precaution, while a level-3 warning advises against travel to the specified destination.

Health authorities warned that the H7N9 situation in China could worsen in winter. Travelers to the country should avoid direct contact with birds, avoid eating uncooked meat and eggs, wash their hands frequently, and see a doctor immediately if they develop a fever and cough, the CDC advised.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 461 confirmed H7N9 cases as of Nov. 18, with China alone accounting for 446 cases.