New human bird flu case reported in Fujian
Updated: 2007-03-01 08:57
A farmer in east China's Fujian Province has been infected with the H5N1
form of bird flu, the first human case in about about seven
The 44-year-old woman surnamed Li from Jianou city is now
receiving treatment at local hospital and is in severe condition. She was
confirmed to have made contact with dead fowls.
Local health authorities
said they are closely monitoring those who had had close contact with the
patient. So far, they showed no symptoms of the disease.
"Tests by the
Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention on the patient have confirmed
that the patient has been infected with the bird flu virus strain H5N1," a
Xinhua reprot said.
China's last confirmed human case was reported
in January. The farmer, from eastern Anhui province, recovered.
has now reported a total of 23 human cases of bird flu, including 14 deaths,
since 2003 and, with the largest poultry population and millions of backyard
birds roaming free, it is seen as central to the fight against the
Fujian Province has taken a series of measures to prevent an
outbreak of bird flu after it confirmed the human case of the disease, an
official with the provincial government said Thursday.
vice governor of the Fujian province, has ordered compulsory inoculation on all
fowls, and required local authorities to set up inoculation files and issue
certificates to inoculated animals.
Zhang required the health, stock-raising
and forestry authorities at all levels to be on high alert and closely monitor
He also asked local workers to quarantine and check the animals at
every stage when they leave farm, enter slaughter houses and are put in the
market. Those who failed should be punished
According to Fujian health authorities, China's
Health Ministry has conveyed the information to WHO, health agencies in Hong
Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and some other countries.
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