Authorities are screening arriving airline passengers for signs of illness in an effort to keep a pneumonia outbreak in China from reaching Taiwan.
Chinese figures put the number of cases at 41. Seven patients released from hospital, while six are in serious condition and one has died. The outbreak is centered on the Chinese city of Wuhan, but at least one case has been found in Thailand. Thailand has put the patient, a visiting resident of Wuhan, under quarantine.
The disease is caused by a new type of coronavirus. The virus’ path of transmission remains unclear, but some experts suspect it may spread from animals to humans.
In Taiwan, health authorities have found seven people who developed pneumonia or a fever after recent travel to Wuhan. They are still monitoring four cases that are awaiting diagnosis.
Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control says it will not loosen its health screening of arriving passengers during the upcoming Lunar New Year travel rush.At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control is urging Taiwanese people planning to visit Wuhan to avoid contact with poultry, to stay away from traditional markets, where live animals may be found, and to take other necessary health precautions.