02 Jan '12, 6am

Chinese health authorities urge residents to stay calm after man dies from bird flu

BEIJING (AFP) - Health authorities in southern China are urging residents not to panic after a man who contracted the bird flu virus died at the weekend, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday. The man, surnamed Chen, died on Saturday in Shenzhen - a boomtown that borders Hong Kong where thousands of chickens have already been culled after three birds tested positive for the H5N1 avian influenza virus in mid-December. The Shenzhen Disease Control Centre confirmed that Chen, a bus driver, had contracted H5N1 from poultry, but they were still trying to find out where he acquired the virus. Chen is China's first reported human case of the deadly disease in 18 months. 'The virus cannot spread among people' and 'there is no need for Shenzhen citizens to panic,' Xinhua said, citing a statement from the centre. Chen developed a fever on Dec 21 and was taken to hospital fo...

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