January 20, 2009

4th bird flu case confirmed in China

Chinese officials say a 16-year-old boy is hospitalized with avian influenza, the fourth case of bird flu reported in China this month.

The boy fell ill on January 8 in Guizhou Province and is hospitalized in Huaihua City in critical condition. The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the patients tested positive for the H5N1 strain of avian influenza. The patient had contact with poultry, Xinhua, China's state-run news service reported Tuesday.

A two-year-old girl remains hospitalized in critical condition with bird flu in Shanxi Province. People who had close contact with the girl are under close observation.

A 27-year-old woman died of bird flu Saturday in China's Shandong Province and a 19-year-old woman died on January 5 in Beijing.