Taipei, April 3 (CNA) Tourists from China have been barred from visiting poultry farms around Taiwan over avian influenza concerns, Agriculture Vice Minister Wang Cheng-teng said Wednesday.
Wang reminded local poultry farm operators of the ban after four more cases of a bird flu virus new to humans were reported in China a day earlier.
Chinese health authorities said Tuesday that three women and a man from various cities in eastern China's Jiangsu province have fallen critically ill from the H7N9 virus.
The cases were the second batch to be confirmed in China after the confirmation of three in nearby Shanghai and in Anhui in central China Sunday.
Huang Kuo-ching, deputy head of the Council of Agriculture's Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, said the bureau has advised local poultry farm operators to reject visits by Chinese tourists since human infections of the H5N1 virus were previously reported in Hong Kong.
(By Yang Shu-min and Sofia Wu)