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January 26, 2006

A seventh death in China

CBC radio this morning reported the seventh death in China from avian flu. The story is also on China Daily.com. Here's an excerpt:

The health ministry, quoted by the Xinhua news agency, said the woman died recently but did not give a date.

The woman, surnamed Cao and a market worker in Jinhua town in Chengdu city,
had been hospitalised in Chengdu in the southwestern province of Sichuan.

On January 12 she showed fever and pneumonia symptoms and her samples tested positive for the deadly H5N1 of the virus, the agency said Wednesday.

The health ministry on Monday said Cao was in critical condition and confirmed she was the country's 10th human bird flu case.

Xinhua said the ministry was investigating the source of her infection and
was trying to find out whether there have been bird flu outbreaks among poultry
in her town.

s of the report is frustrating: how recently is "recently"? Why give the surname only? And why, if this woman was ill almost two weeks ago, are the authorities still trying to find out if local poultry have suffered from H5N1?

Posted by dymaxion at January 26, 2006 12:15 PM

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