China: 8th bird flu case this year

02-02-2009 | |

A 21-year-old woman in central China is ill with H5N1 bird flu, bringing the country’s total number of infected people infected by the disease to 8.

The Chinese Health Ministry reported that the woman, a farmer in Hunan, fell ill on 23 January after handling birds that had died of the disease. She was hospitalised 3 days later and was in a stable condition and recovering.

China has reported 7 other cases of H5N1 since January, 5 of which were fatal.

Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist