Taipei-Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Tuesday issued a travel advisory for Wuhan City in China, citing the outbreak of a mysterious respiratory disease that has so far infected 59 people.
Travelers to Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province in central China, and neighboring areas should be vigilant and avoid contact with birds and animals, the CDC advised.
In the period Dec. 12-29, 2019, some 59 people in Wuhan contracted an unidentified viral pneumonia, Liu Ting-ping (???), director of the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center, said in a weekly report on contagious diseases.
China's disease and prevention center is still trying to identify the cause of the outbreak, but has ruled out influenza, avian influenza, adenovirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), she said.
So far, there has been no evidence that the pneumonia is being passed from one person to another, Liu said, adding that no healthcare workers in Wuhan have been infected.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been speculating that the disease is connected to contact with animals, since some of the infected people were workers in a fish and livestock market, according to Liu.
The WHO, however, has not yet recommended any restrictions on trade with or travel to Wuhan, she said.
There have been no reports of the mysterious respiratory disease among travelers from Wuhan to Taiwan, according to the CDC.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel