China Says Bird Flu Patient Dies (Updated)

A woman has died in in what could potentially be the first death from the bird flu in almost a year. From Reuters:

The woman died on Monday. Her age was not known, Xinhua news agency said. There were no other details.

“The report is true, but there are no details so far,” said Zhang Jianshu, a spokesman with the publicity office of the Beijing Health Bureau, told Reuters by telephone.

The World Health Organisation‘s China office was not immediately able to provide comment.

Update: Health authorities are now confirming that the woman dies of . See a report from Reuters.

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