Avian Influenza
China reports 10th human death from bird flu
Mar 8, 2006 - 9:47:37 PM

China confirmed Wednesday that a nine-year-old girl had died from H5N1 avian influenza in the eastern province of Zhejiang, raising the human death toll from the virus to 10 in the country.

The girl died on March 6 but no bird flu was found in poultry and no other suspected human infection was reported in Zhejiang at the time, Xinhua news agency quoted health ministry officials as saying.

China has now reported 15 confirmed human infections with H5N1 bird flu, including 10 deaths, but some experts believe more cases may have gone undetected.

Health Minister Gao Qiang Monday said there is still no human-to-human transmission of bird flu in China.

Health experts believe that the origin of avian influenza, which first appeared in Hong Kong in 1997, is the heavily populated southern Chinese province of Guangdong, where humans and poultry live close together.

Gao, however, said that the major source of bird flu outbreaks in China was believed to be migratory birds.

The WHO has recorded 175 human infections with H5N1 bird flu worldwide, including 95 deaths, till March 6.

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