22 Jan '12, 10am

Bird flu claims another victim in China

A man in southwest China who contracted the bird flu virus died on Sunday, state media reported, the second human death in the Asian country from the virulent disease in just under a month. -- PHOTO: REUTERS BEIJING (AFP) - A man in southwest China who contracted the bird flu virus died on Sunday, state media reported, the second human death in the Asian country from the virulent disease in just under a month. The victim fell ill on Jan 6 and was admitted to hospital in Guiyang - capital of Guizhou province - on Thursday, but his condition worsened and doctors were unable to save him, the official Xinhua news agency said. Tests confirmed he had contracted the H5N1 avian influenza virus, it added. The Hong Kong Department of Health said in a statement Sunday it had been notified of the case by the mainland's health authorities, which said the 39-year-old patient had not had...

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