A Preliminary Report of the Preparedness and Response to Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Infections, Taiwan, 2013

Hsiao-Yun Tsai, Yi-Chien Chih, Shu-Mei Chou, Chin-Hui Yang

2013 Vol.29 NO.9

Correspondence Author: Hsiao-Yun Tsai

  • Fourth Division, Centers for Disease Control, Taiwan


       Outbreak of human infections with avian influenza A(H7N9) was reported by China in March 2013. This is the first time that humans infected by avian influenza A(H7N9) virus and cause fatalities. Human infections by this virus continue to be reported in China. Because of frequent cross-strait exchanges, human H7N9 infections in China are menacing. The Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee meeting convened by Department of Health on April 3 and recommended to enact the “Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan”, use 4 major strategies and 5 defense lines in response. Listed the H7N9 influenza as Category V Notifiable Infectious Disease; organized the Central Epidemic Command Center for H7N9 influenza; and collaborating and managing the resources to ensure effective response with relevant departments. The preliminary responses are outbreak surveillance, border quarantine, medical system assembly, risk communication and response, antiviral medicine stockpile, and vaccine preparation. To response timely, continue updating the newest outbreak information in domestic and international societies.