China Confirms Bird Flu Death

The Chinese government, via Xinhua, has confirmed the 18th fatality from , a 22-year-old man surnamed Li from Hunan. AFP reports:

China’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said his specimens tested positive for the H5N1 strain. The report did not identify how he might have contracted the disease, Xinhua said.

The local government put in place prevention and control measures and those who had close contact with Li were put under strict medical observation. So far, none has shown signs of the disease, the ministry said.

The Canadian Press is also reporting on a bird flu outbreak in Tibet, which has killed 132 birds.

February 18, 2008, 10:42 PM
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