Jan 27, 2017 Market Comments Off on Public urged to stay away from live poultry in China
Taipei--Health officials have urged the public to refrain from visiting live poultry markets when traveling in many parts of China because of an outbreak of avian influenza there.
Health Minister Lin Tzou-yien (???) said the public should also avoid contact with birds and be on guard while eating eggs.
Philip Lo (???), deputy director-general of the Centers for Disease Control, said there have been 245 cases of H7N9 avian flu in China since Oct. 1, 2016, with four provinces recording the highest number of the cases.
There have been 92 cases recorded in Jiangsu, 45 in Zhejiang, 28 in Anhui and 26 in Guangdong.
The situation is the worst it has been during the same period over the past four years, Lo said.
The CDC has sent doctors to Guangdong to get first-hand information about the situation, but it expects that the outbreak will continue because of the popularity of live poultry markets there and pledged to keep close tabs on the future development of the disease.
Lo noted that there are also outbreaks of norovirus in Japan and South Korea, but the situation in those countries has improved at present.
Because most people have no resistance to norovirus, Lo recommended that visitors to the two countries avoid eating raw food and wash their hands repeatedly, Lo said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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