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December 21, 2005

Details on China's first avian flu case

Via a site called Ivanhoe's Medical Breakthroughs, some details about the first case of avian flu in China.

Weizhong Yang, M.D., from the Chinese Center for Disease Control & Prevention in Beijing, and colleagues report a 12-year-old girl from Hunan, China, suffered from fever, sore throat and a cough on Oct. 8, 2005. She was diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome and died nine days later.

Her 9-year-old brother also developed a fever and cough on Oct. 10, 2005 and was admitted to the hospital on Oct. 17. He responded to treatment including antiviral amantadine and was released from the hospital, symptom free, on Nov. 17.

The children came in close contact with 191 people, all of whom were tested and reported to be disease free. The family had 22 chickens and five ducks in cages near the bathroom and toilets of the house. Researchers report between Oct. 6 and Oct. 12, up to six birds died each day.

Posted by dymaxion at December 21, 2005 01:16 PM

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