A woman wears a face mask as she walks past a poster showing how to avoid the H7N9 avian influenza virus. Photo: AFP

Taiwan reports first case of H7N9, in man arriving from Suzhou

Taiwan yesterday confirmed an H7N9 bird flu infection in a Taiwanese traveller from Suzhou - the first time the killer virus has spread from the mainland. The 53-year-old man, who is in critical condition, tested positive after returning to Taiwan via Shanghai on April 9, the island's Centre for Disease Control said. He had not been in contact with birds and poultry.