Chinese bus driver dies of bird flu

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posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 06:05 AM
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A Chinese bus driver who tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus died in a city bordering Hong Kong today, health officials said. It was the country's first reported case of the disease in humans in 18 months. The man surnamed Chen died in the wealthy southern city of Shenzhen, provincial health officials said. Shenzhen is separated by a small river from Hong Kong, where thousands of birds have been slaughtered after two were confirmed to have the virus last week. During the month prior to his fever, the 39-year-old had apparently had no direct contact with poultry and did not travel out of Shenzhen, a metropolis of 10 million people. H5N1 rarely infects humans and usually only those who come into close contact with diseased poultry. But among those infected, nearly 60% die, and scientists are closely watching the virus for any signs it is becoming more easily transmissible from human to human. Chen developed a fever on December 21 and was admitted to hospital on December 25, city and provincial authorities said in a statement. Health Ministry experts confirmed today that he was infected with H5N1, the provincial health department said.


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I feel this is just media hype because this is the first case after 18 months, but it is something to watch out for in the news!




posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 06:09 AM
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He should have known the moment he started to feel peckish.



posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 06:16 AM
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I sure hope this isn't the mutated form of the bird flu that scientists made recently. That version is very contagious and deadly. I guess we should know here quickly enough....



posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 06:30 AM
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JUST FUR YA

2ND LINE



posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 07:49 AM
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Ha! that's pretty funny



posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 07:50 AM
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China always has some deaths each year to this type of flu...seems to originate on the farms or in smaller villages



posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 07:53 AM
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Just remember what the researcher,s say about a Bird Flu Epidemic.

" It,s not a matter of if it will happen, it,s a matter of when."



posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 10:15 AM
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The same can be said for any disaster or disease



posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 10:36 AM
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n/m





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