31 Dec '11, 3am

Man dies from bird flu in southern China: Officials

Man dies from bird flu in southern China: Officials

Health workers slaughter chickens at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong. A man is in critical condition after testing positive for the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen which borders Hong Kong, state media said on Saturday. -- PHOTO: AP BEIJING (AFP) - A bus driver in southern China who contracted the bird flu virus died on Saturday, health authorities said, in the nation's first reported human case of the deadly disease in 18 months. The man, surnamed Chen, died 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. He developed a fever on Dec 21 and was taken to hospital four days later, and diagnosed with severe pneumonia, said the health department in Shenzhen, a city of more than 10 million people. B...

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