Thursday, December 08, 2005

The Avian Bird Flu

Ukraine has joined the list of countries that have seen cases of the H5N1 virus:
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Thursday it had detected the highly pathogenic type of bird flu that is dangerous to humans, the strain known as H5N1, quoting preliminary Russian data.

The outbreak was located in several villages in the Crimean peninsula where about 2,500 birds died within hours. Local residents said signs of the illness were detected in September and no action had been taken.

China is now reporting its fifth human case of the Avian Flu:
BEIJING - A poultry worker in northeast China has tested positive for the H5N1 strain of bird flu, the government said Thursday, making her the country's fifth confirmed human case of the disease.

The 31-year-old woman, surnamed Liu, was sickened Oct. 30 in Heishan County in Liaoning province, the official Xinhua News Agency said. She was released from the hospital Nov. 29, it said.

Two farmers in the eastern province of Anhui died of the disease last month, while a 9-year-old boy in China's central Hunan province recovered. A 10-year-old girl in southern Guangxi province was also hospitalized and has undergone emergency treatment.

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