21-year-old woman dies of bird flu in south-west China
BEIJING (AFP) - A woman in southwestern China died of bird flu on Wednesday, state media said, a rare case in the country of a fatality from the H5N1 virus since a major outbreak a decade ago.
The 21-year-old patient from Guiyang passed away 13 days after showing symptoms, Xinhua news agency said, citing the health ministry.
Another city resident, a 31-year-old man who developed signs of the virus around the same time, was reported over the weekend to be in critical condition.
More than 365 people have died of bird flu globally since an 2003 outbreak, the World Health Organisation said in its latest report.