China announces seventh bird flu death
Updated: 2006-01-25 21:01
China has announced that a 29-year-old woman has died
from bird flu, bringing the number of human fatalities in the country to seven.
Chickens roam free through China's Anhui
province in November 2005. China has announced that a 29-year-old woman
has died from bird flu, bringing the number of human fatalities in the
country to seven. [AFP]
The health ministry, quoted by the Xinhua news agency, said the woman died
recently but did not give a date.
The woman, surnamed Cao and a market worker in Jinhua town in Chengdu city,
had been hospitalised in Chengdu in the southwestern province of Sichuan.
On January 12 she showed fever and pneumonia symptoms and her samples tested
positive for the deadly H5N1 of the virus, the agency said Wednesday.
The health ministry on Monday said Cao was in critical condition and
confirmed she was the country's 10th human bird flu case.
Xinhua said the ministry was investigating the source of her infection and
was trying to find out whether there have been bird flu outbreaks among poultry
in her town.
Cao's death was the second bird flu death in Sichuan province, with the
earlier victim -- a woman aged 35 -- living in the city of Jianyang. That death
was reported on January 18.
Other fatalities have been reported in the provinces of Anhui, Jiangxi,
Fujian and Guangxi.
China has reported more than 30 outbreaks of the virus among birds since the
beginning of last year, with most appearing since October.