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April 11, 2006

News ban for Guangzhou's suspected second bird flu case

Thanks to the commenter who provided the link to this AsiaMedia story: News ban for Guangzhou's suspected second bird flu case, sources say.

A suspected second human case of bird flu has emerged in Guangzhou but authorities have imposed a news ban on reporting the case, sources said yesterday.

A source at the Guangzhou No1 People's Hospital said a 41-year-old woman, identified as Ms Li, was admitted on March 25 with unexplained pneumonia. The source said experts confirmed two days later that Ms Li had the H5N1 virus but the case had yet to be reported by official media. The woman lived in the Xihua area of Guangzhou's Yuexiu district.

Aphaluck Bhatiasevi, the World Health Organisation's China spokeswoman, said the WHO was informed of the case by the Ministry of Health on March 30.

"Right now, she is not a confirmed case of H5N1. She is considered to have pneumonia of an unknown cause," she said.

Posted by dymaxion at April 11, 2006 10:02 PM

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