Via The Raw Story, an AFP report: Hundreds monitored in Taiwan after H7N9 strain of bird flu after infected tourist discovered. Excerpt and then a comment:
Taiwanese authorities are monitoring hundreds of people who may have had contact with a mainland Chinese tourist infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu, officials said Wednesday.
The 86-year-old man from the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu is in stable condition in hospital in Taiwan, where he was on an eight-day tour, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said in a statement.
As many as 500 people may have had contact with him, all of whom are being asked to report to doctors should they develop possible symptoms, the statement added.
The 149 people who may have had close contact include two family members accompanying him on the tour, the tour guide, bus driver, medical personnel and patients sharing the same hospital ward, it said.
“Three medical personnel have shown symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections and taken medicines as preventative treatment,” the statement said, adding that they should monitor their condition for two weeks while awaiting the outcome of tests.
They have not been placed in quarantine.
Taiwan in April reported the first H7N9 case outside mainland China, after a 53-year-old man who had been working in the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou showed symptoms three days after returning to Taiwan via Shanghai.
The 86-year-old man is a reflection of China's prosperity and basically sound public health system. Forty years ago, octogenarians were rare in "Red" China, and even rarer were those who could travel abroad. For that matter, few Chinese could afford to eat meat as a regular part of their diet. Both financially and politically, going on a tour from the mainland to Taiwan would have been impossible.
Yet now it's so commonplace that no one notices Chinese tourists; some countries' tourism industries depend on them.
So it seems safe to say that the avian influenzas (in all their growing numbers) are diseases of prosperity.