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April 19, 2006

New human bird flu case confirmed in HubeiShanghai Daily: China news blog

THE Ministry of Health today confirmed a new human case of bird flu in central China’s Hubei Province, bringing the total number of people infected to 17 in the country, including 11 deaths.

The man surnamed Lai was identified as a migrant worker in Wuhan City, capital of Hubei. He was still in a local hospital for treatment, but in a critical condition, the ministry said.

Lai, 21, began running a fever and experiencing pneumonia symptoms on April 1.

After a test conducted by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday, Lai’s sample was positive for the virulent H5N1 strain of the disease.

People who had come in close contact with Lai were put under medical observation by province health authorities. No abnormal symptoms had been found, according to the ministry’s statement.

The Health Ministry has reported the case to the World Health Organization.

In the country’s latest human case, a 29-year-old female migrant worker in Shanghai died from bird flu last month.

China has agreed to share virus samples from bird flu outbreaks in poultry with the WHO to help develop treatment drugs and vaccines.

Experts have been worrying that the bird flu virus could mutate into a form that could spread easily among people, causing a global pandemic.

A total of 35 outbreaks of bird flu have been reported in China since 2005, involving 194,000 fowl, with 186,000 killed by the flu. Nearly 23 million birds were culled to prevent the disease from spreading.

(zlh)

Posted by dymaxion at April 19, 2006 10:15 PM

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