Published On: Sun, Apr 7th, 2013

Taiwan responds to China H7N9 bird flu outbreak

In response to the Chinese H7N9 avian influenza outbreak that has sickened 21, many critically, and killed six, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control, or Taiwan CDC said they will stick to the country’s “Strategic Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan”, according to Taiwan CDC press release.



The plan, which was formulated during the 2003 SARS outbreak, consists of 4 major strategies and 5 lines of defense. These include (4 strategies) early detection, interruption of transmission, and use of influenza antivirals and vaccines. On the other hand, the 5 lines of defense include containment abroad, border control, community epidemic control, maintained provision of healthcare services and operation of healthcare facilities, and individual and family protection.

Upon receiving notifications concerning the H7N9 infections in China, Taiwan CDC has promptly reinforced relevant disease prevention measures, including enhancing border surveillance, urging physicians to report all suspected cases and strengthen screening, reinforcing nosocomial infection control, and extending the period for the use of government-funded antivirals to prevent importation of the disease, detect any case early, prevent an outbreak from happening and ensure the health and wellbeing of the people.

Taiwan CDC reminds travelers visiting China should take preventive measures such as avoiding direct contact with poultry and birds or their droppings, consuming only thoroughly cooked poultry and eggs, and washing hands frequently. If symptoms such as fever or influenza-like illness develop after returning to Taiwan, please put on a surgical mask and seek immediate medical attention. Moreover, please inform the physician of the recent travel history to facilitate diagnosis and treatment.

In addition, to ensure effective risk communication and respond to the situation appropriately and timely, “H7N9 influenza” has been listed as Category V Notifiable Infectious Disease and the Central Epidemic Command Center for H7N9 influenza has been established.

The Taiwan CDC says it will continue to collect relevant epidemic intelligence, closely monitor the development of the situation, and adjust response measures accordingly.

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