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China health authorities reports year's second fatal case of bird flu

Published on Feb 23, 2013 12:16 PM
 
Chicken are seen on a truck at a market in Phnom Penh on Jan 25, 2013. A man in southwestern China has died of bird flu, health authorities said Saturday, becoming the second fatality from the H5N1 virus this year.  -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - A man in southwestern China has died of bird flu, health authorities said Saturday, becoming the second fatality from the H5N1 virus this year.

The 31-year-old died in hospital in the city of Guiyang on Friday, the Guizhou province health department said in a statement, adding that no other human cases of avian flu had been reported in the province.

Another city resident, a 21-year-old woman, died from the virus earlier this month.

The Xinhua news agency said both of them had come into close contact with birds but it was not known if the cases were related.

 
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