H7N9 has now spread
internationally outside of Eastern China, and has arrived in Taiwan province. On Wednesday, Taiwanese officials confirmed the island’s first case of the H7N9 bird flu. A 53-year-old man returned from a visit to Jiangsu province and exhibited flu-like symptoms, but twice tested negative for the virus. As his condition deteriorated, doctors tested him again, and he finally showed a positive infection of H7N9. Those are some reliable tests, comrades, or, foreigners.
Taiwan has responded with heightened security measures and tests for tourists coming in from the mainland, some 6,000 individuals per day. The Taiwanese patient is still alive, but is in serious condition. He marks the 108th person infected with the disease that the WHO has called, “one of the most lethal influenza viruses we have seen so far.”
South China Morning Post reports:
Professor David Hui Shu-cheong, director of the emerging infectious disease centre at Chinese University, said the case in Taiwan meant Hong Kong had to be more cautious, but he said the current measures by the city’s government at border check points, including temperature scans and immediate quarantine for visitors with symptoms, were good enough.
“There’s no need for panic unless there are human-to-human transmissions,” said Hui.
Presumably, Hui’s statement followed with, “in that case, by all means, freak the fuck out,” but he probably had already passed his word count.