Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Avian Influenza China update 7

Officials at the Chinese Ministry of Health confirmed China’s 8th case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The patient, a 6 year old boy from the southern province of Hunan, developed symptoms of fever and pneumonia on December 24, 2005, and is presently in stable condition at an area hospital.

Authorities in China have also reported that two other cases, previously announced, have died from the disease. The deaths occurred in a 10 year old girl from the Guangxi region, reported on December 7, 2005, and a 35 year old man from Jiangxi Province, reported on December 16, 2005.

Out of the eight confirmed cases reported in China, five have died. Subsequent investigation into the newly confirmed case of the H5N1 avian influenza infection leads authorities to believe that it was most likely caused by recent poultry deaths in chickens owned by the boys family.

Close contacts with the boys family are currently under medical observation. So far none have shown any signs of H5N1. This is the second confirmed case from from Hunan Province. The earlier case, which was one of the first two reported in China in mid November 2005, lived about 190 miles away from the present case.
In addition to Hunan, provinces and regions reporting human cases of H5N1 infection include Anhui, Guangxi, Liaoning, Jiangxi, and Fujian.

Posted by john T. on 01/11 at 03:34 AM
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