AVIAN INFLUENZA: China has confirmed this year’s first case of H7N9 infection in an 82-year-old who likely came into contact with animals in the region’s Alxa League
Date: Apr 10, 2019
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday raised its travel warning for the Inner
Mongolia Autonomous Region to the “alert” level after China confirmed the world’s first case of influenza virus A subtype H7N9 in a human this year.
The Chinese government on Friday last week informed the centers that a case of H7N9 avian influenza in a human was confirmed in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Director Liu Ting-ping (劉定萍) said.
The patient, an 82-year-old man who began exhibiting symptoms on March 18 and was hospitalized on Sunday last week, was confirmed to be infected with the virus, she said.
The man’s history of exposure to animals was unknown, but he was reportedly likely to have come into contact with animals in Inner Mongolia’s Alxa League area, she added.