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New bird flu strand jumps to Taiwan

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Taiwan confirmed Wednesday the first case of the H7N9 bird flu outside of mainland China.

The 53-year-old man, who had been working in the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou, was hospitalized after showing symptoms three days after returning to Taiwan via Shanghai, the Centers for Disease Control said, according to AFP.

The new strain of bird flu not otherwise known to humans has been found in more than 100 cases and has killed 22 people in China. Officials are looking into the possibility of human-to-human transmission of the H7N9 strain, but have no yet drawn any conclusions.

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