Wednesday, January 18, 2006

bird flu death number 6 in China

The Chinese Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday January 18, 2006, that another human death related to the Bird Flu brought the total to six so far. The victim was a 35 year old woman who worked as a poultry butcher, from the Zhoujiaxiand Village of Jianyang City, located southwest of China’s Sichuan Province.

Wei, the victim, showed symptoms of the bird flu on January 3, and was admitted to a hospital on January 10 with fever and pneumonia. Further investigations showed that from December 25, 2005 through January 5, 2006 eight households living in close proximity with Wei, found some of their poultry sick and in some cases dead.

So far the Chinese Ministry of Health has not said whether or not there was an outbreak of avian influenza at Wei’s village. The Sichuan provincial Center for Disease control found the samples taken from Wei were positive for the H5N1 strain of avian influenza.

China’s CDC also found the samples to be infected with the virus. The World Health Organization along with the Chinese Ministry of Health have officially confirmed Wei to have been infected with the H5N1 strain of avian influenza.

Chinese health officials have placed anyone having close contact with Wei under observation, but have so far not reported any other cases of H5N1 in this group. This is the 9th reported case of the bird flu infection in a human in China and the 6th death. An official of the Chinese government announced Wednesday that China will donate 10 million dollars to support the global fight against avian influenza.

So far over 1.8 billion dollars has been collected for the global fight against bird flu at a conference on Wednesday, which was co-sponsored by the Chinese government, the European Commission and the World Bank.

Posted by john T. on 01/18 at 02:56 PM
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