17th human fatality from bird flu in China
China reported its 17th human fatality from the H5N1
virus yesterday. A man from the Jiangsu province in southern China became the
The 24-year old man named simply as 'Lu' died on Sunday, according to the
Jiangsu Provinicial Disease Control and Prevention Centre.
In a statement, the centre confirmed that the man had no
known contact with dead poultry and no outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 virus
had been reported in the
province. 69 of his close contacts were put under medical observation for
China has fought a hard battle against sporadic outbreaks of the disease
among its poultry with 26 human cases in total. The country has vowed an
aggressive fight against H5N1, which has claimed the lives of 206 victims
worldwide, according to the WHO.
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