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by Dave Gradijan

China Reports 10th Human Death Due to Bird Flu

Mar 08, 20061 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

On Wednesday, China reported that a 9-year-old girl in the country’s southeastern province of Zhejiang has died from avian flu, the Associated Press (AP) reports via

The death is China’s 10th attributed to bird flu, the AP reports.

According to a statement from China’s Ministry of Health, the young girl died Monday, but it’s unclear whether she had contracted the dangerous H5N1 strain of the virus, the AP reports.

How the girl caught the virus is also unknown, but she reputedly visited the home of relatives who had chickens die during her stay, according to the AP.

The deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu has decimated poultry stocks in countries around the globe and some 95 people have fallen victim to it since 2003, most of them in Asia, the AP reports.

For background, read Bird Flu Found in Austrian Cats, Poland, U.K. Medical Expert: Human H5N1 Pandemic Not Inevitable and Cat in Germany Has Avian Flu.

For related CSO content, read Researchers: Immunization, Quarantines Would Stem Flu Pandemic and Planning for Pandemic.

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