Taipei, March 2 (CNA) Taiwan has sent officials to China's Guangdong province to learn how to combat the highly pathogenic avian influenza H7N9 virus, an official from the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday.
MAC Deputy Minister and spokesman Chiu Chui-cheng(邱垂正) said in view of the continued increase in H7N9 cases in China, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has not only exchanged data with China, it has sent officials to Guangdong to learn from their Chinese counterparts.
Chiu said the outbreak of H7N9 is still at its peak in China and the MAC will issue a travel alert for visitors in line with data provided by the CDC.
It will also provide information on outbreaks and preventative measures to Taiwanese businessmen operating in China through the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, officials said.
According to the Chinese authorities, H7N9 claimed 87 lives between Jan. 1 and mid-February.
A Taiwanese businessman who was confirmed as having been infected with the H7N9 virus while in China, succumbed to the illness and died on Feb. 27 in Taiwan, becoming the first Taiwanese victim of that virus strain.
(By Miu Tsung-han and Lilian Wu)