Taiwanese man dies of H7N9 avian flu

Taipei--A 69-year-old man who contracted the H7N9 avian flu virus in China last month has died, becoming the first Taiwanese victim of that virus strain, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.

The businessman died late Monday, said Lo Yi-chun (???), deputy director-general of the CDC. The patient had been in hospital in Kaohsiung for 27 days after falling ill in China and returning to Taiwan on Jan. 25 to seek medical help.

Since 2013, it was the fifth confirmed human infection in Taiwan of H7N9, a subtype of the avian influenza A virus, and the man was the second patient to have died from the disease.

The other fatal case, which occurred in Dec. 2013, involved an 86-year-old Chinese tourist who died from the disease while visiting in Taiwan.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel