Monday, February 25, 2008

China bird flu victim ate sick chickens: officials

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A woman in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong has died of the H5N1 bird flu virus, which she probably contracted from sick poultry she kept in her backyard, Hong Kong government health officials said on Monday.

The 44-year-old migrant worker, who was employed in Haifeng county in the eastern part of Guangdong, tested positive for H5N1 in a test by Guangdong’s Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and the Health Ministry in Beijing has to confirm the result.

“This lady kept some chickens in her backyard and they became sick and died during the incubation period of her illness. She also ate some of the chickens herself,” said Thomas Tsang, controller of Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection.

“The most likely route of transmission was from the sick poultry she kept and she acquired avian influenza from this source.”

Eating well-cooked meat is safe but experts have long warned about handling H5N1-tainted animals or meat without protection.

See This bird flu link for more on the truth about eating poultry infected with bird flu.

The woman developed symptoms of fever, cough and pneumonia on February 16, but was only admitted to the county hospital on February 22, after first seeking treatment at a local clinic, according to a statement from Guangdong’s health department.

“The patient’s condition was too serious and she died on Monday after treatment failed,” it said (http://www.gdwst.gov.cn).

Bird flu story source: Reuters

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