The new strain of bird flu which hit several parts of China has spread to Taiwan as it reported the first case while the WHO on Wednesday said the deadly H7N9 virus is far “more lethal” because of its ability to spread easily from birds to humans.
A 53-year-old man in Taiwan was confirmed to be infected with the new type of bird flu, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported quoting a Taiwanese official statement. The patient is believed to have been infected after he visited Suzhou City in China’s Jiangsu Province which has reported several cases of H7N9. China has reported 108 H7N9 cases and 22 deaths since the first infections were confirmed on March 31.
The patient said he did not have any contact with birds or eat undercooked poultry or eggs during his stay in Suzhou. He also tested Hepatitis-B-positive and suffers from high blood pressure and his condition was stated to be serious, the statement said.
China has already provided samples of the human H7N9 avian flu strain to Taiwan for joint research.