By: Chang Ming-hsuan and Romulo Huang
Taipei, June 15 (CNA) The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) decided Wednesday to raise its travel alert for Tianjin in northern China to level 2 “Alert,” warning travelers planning to visit the coastal metropolis to take enhanced precautions against avian flu.
The CDC said it had informed the Mainland Affairs Council, the Cabinet-level agency responsible for handling affairs related to China, of the increased alert.
Under the 3-tier travel advisory system used by the CDC, the level 2 “Alert” urges travelers planning to visit affected areas to heighten their vigilance against bird flu, practice good personal hygiene, avoid contact with poultry and birds and visiting live poultry markets, and consume only thoroughly cooked poultry and eggs in order to avoid infection.
The other two levels are the level 1 “Watch,” which urges travelers planning to visit affected areas to take usual precautions, and the level 3 “Warning,” which warns against non-essential travel. [FULL STORY]