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The man, whose name has not been given, complained of flu symptoms after returning to Belgium on Thursday, officials at a Brussels hospital said.
The first human case of suspected bird flu has appeared in western Europe. It is reported the person being treated is a male journalist living in Belgium. Special tests are now being carried out at the Saint Pierre hospital in Brussels, where doctors are taking every precaution to contain any infection. He was checked into hospital last night with flu-like symptoms.
Inge Jorris, Belgium Health Ministry spokeswoman, said Saturday the hospital had followed normal procedures and sent samples from the patient to The Scientific Institute of Public Health in Brussels. Test results due later on Saturday should show if the man, thought to be a journalist or a tourist, has the virus.
Preliminary tests on a man suspected of having the lethal H5N1 bird flu virus in Belgium show he is not infected with the disease, health officials say.