Wednesday, February 20, 2008
China confirms new bird flu death
A 22-YEAR-OLD Chinese man from the central province of Hunan has died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, the second death from the disease since late last year, the health ministry said overnight.
The man, surnamed Li, first noticed symptoms of fever and headache on January 16. He went to hospital several days later and died on January 24, the ministry said on its website.
The provincial disease control and prevention center subsequently collected a specimen from the victim on Saturday, and the initial tests for the bird flu virus were positive.
A specimen was then sent to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing, which confirmed it as testing positive for the H5N1 virus yesterday, the ministry said.
The ministry did not explain the reason for the delay in testing the victim for bird flu, but Hunan was one of the provinces most badly hit by freak snowstorms that killed more than 100 people and cut off roads and power in many parts of central and southern China in late January and early February.
The ministry said the local government had taken appropriate action.
“All people in close contact with the victim have been given strict medical examinations, and up until now no abnormal conditions have been discovered,” it said.
Avian flu story source: Australian News Service