China announces 8th human bird flu death
Feb 12, 2006 - 6:11:37 PM
A woman in Central China's Hunan province has died of bird flu, bringing the country's death toll in the disease to eight, China's Ministry of Health confirmed.
The victim was a 20-year-old farmer surnamed Long from Suining County of Hunan. She showed symptoms of fever and pneumonia on Jan 27 after culling poultry raised in her home. She died on Feb 4, the ministry said Friday.
Long's samples tested H5N1 positive by both the Hunan provincial centre for disease control and prevention and China's national centre.
She had been confirmed to be infected with bird flu in accordance with the standards of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Chinese government, said the ministry.
Those having close contacts with Long have been put under medical observation by local health authorities. So far, no abnormal symptoms have been reported.
The ministry has reported the new case to the WHO, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, as well as several countries.
This was the 12th human case of bird flu reported in China. Previously, the country reported 11 cases, among whom seven died.
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