The Ministry of Health has confirmed a new human case of bird
flu in east China's Anhui Province, the Anhui Provincial Health
Department announced Wednesday.
The 16-year-old boy student surnamed Wu in Bengbu City of Anhui
died on Tuesday night, a spokesman for the health department
The boy developed symptoms of fever, fear of cold and muscle
aches, and also demonstrations of pneumonia on March 17. He was
sent to hospital on March 18 but medical operation failed to save
his life, the spokesman said.
Tests by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
on Tuesday on the patient confirmed that he had been infected with
bird flu virus strain H5N1.
Local health authorities said they are closely monitoring those
who had close contacts with the patient. So far, they showed no
symptoms of the disease, and there has been no bird flu epidemic
reported in Bengbu.
According to Anhui health authorities, China's Health Ministry
has conveyed the information to the World Health Organization,
health agencies in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and some
(Xinhua News Agency March 29, 2007)