By: Chang Ming-hsuan
Taipei, Feb. 28 (CNA) A 69-year-old man who contracted the H7N9 avian flu virus in China last month has died, becoming the first Taiwanese victim of that virus strain, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.
The businessman died late Monday, said Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞), deputy director-general of the CDC. The patient had been in hospital in Kaohsiung for 27 days after falling ill in China and returning to Taiwan on Jan. 25 to seek medical help.
Since 2013, it was the fifth confirmed human infection in Taiwan of H7N9, a subtype of the avian influenza A virus, and the man was the second patient to have died from the disease. [FULL STORY]