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Taiwan monitors travelers after H5N1 report in Hong Kong

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  • Taiwan monitors travelers after H5N1 report in Hong Kong

    Taiwan's Department of Health said Wednesday it has tightened its monitoring of inbound passengers from China, Hong Kong and Macau with fevers amid reports that Hong Kong authorities had confirmed the presence of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus in a dead chicken.

    "We have strengthened precautionary measures at airports and harbors," said Chou Jih-haw, deputy director-general of the department's Centers for Disease Control.

    If passengers from Hong Kong, China and Macau are found to have a fever, Chou said, health officials at fever screening stations will check their travel history and ask whether thay have come into contact with poultry or wild birds.

    The Department of Health will not release human H5N1 influenza vaccines at the moment, Chou said.

    "We will closely watch the situation in Hong Kong to determine the timing for vaccination," he added.