Friday, November 25, 2005

News - Sick teacher in Hunan negative for H5N1: WHO

Blood tests on a schoolteacher who fell ill in Hunan Province that suffered a bird flu outbreak show he doesn't have the virulent H5N1 strain of the virus, a World Health Organization official said Wednesday.

The teacher lived in the same central county as a 9-year-old boy who was one of China's first human cases. The boy's 12-year-old sister, who died, was a suspected case.

"Based on an extensive range of blood tests, he's been excluded as a case of H5N1," the virulent strain of the disease, said Dr. Julie Hall, an infectious diseases specialist for the WHO's Beijing office.

A woman who died in eastern China was the country's first confirmed bird flu fatality.

The 36-year-old teacher fell ill after chopping raw chicken, according to the government. He lived in a county in Hunan province that suffered one of China's first bird flu outbreaks in the recent series of cases.

Sick teacher in Hunan negative for H5N1: WHO


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