Public health authorities in Taiwan have identified the first human case of a new type of bird flu seen outside China.
The development, while not unexpected, points to the potential spread of a new type of bird flu that has, , sickened at least 108 people and been implicated in 22 deaths.
The Taiwanese Centers for Disease Control said a case of was confirmed in a 53-year-old man who worked in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China.
He became ill three days after returning to Taiwan from China. Lab tests confirmed Wednesday that he was infected with H7N9. “The patient is currently in a severe condition and being treated in a negative-pressure isolation room,” the Taiwanese CDC .
(From Shots: Health News from NPR)