First H7N9 Flu Case in Taiwan

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Taiwan confirmed the first case of H7N9 bird flu outside the Chinese mainland on Wednesday, and World Health Organization experts investigating the disease in China said the same day it was "one of the most lethal influenza viruses" seen so far.

Health authorities in Taiwan said the victim is a 53-year-old male who returned on Tuesday from Suzhou, Jiangsu province, via Shanghai. The man had a fever, cough and a running nose when he arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, and was sent directly to a hospital for tests where he was confirmed to have H7N9.

By 4 pm Wednesday, one person diagnosed earlier in Jiangsu province died, but no new case of H7N9 infection was reported on the Chinese mainland, which has confirmed 108 cases and 23 deaths since the first infections were announced on March 31.

"This is definitely one of the most lethal influenza viruses we have seen so far," said Keiji Fukuda, a leading flu expert from the World Health Organization, who has led a team on a five-day visit to China to study H7N9.

Read the full story at China Daily