China confirms first human bird-flu death:
THE Ministry of Health yesterday confirmed the first human death from the H5N1 bird flu in China.
The ministry also confirmed another human case of the disease and reported a suspected case.
A female farmer in Anhui Province, who developed a fever and pneumonia-like symptoms on November 1, died from breathing problems on November 10. The ministry confirmed yesterday she had contacted the bird flu virus.
Several chickens and ducks she kept at her home died one to two weeks before she became ill and she had contact with sick and dead birds, the ministry said.
The ministry also confirmed yesterday that a 9-year-old boy in Hunan Province's Xiangtan County had the disease, but has since recovered.
The boy surnamed He came down with a fever and pneumonia-like symptoms on October 10. There was an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in his village.
Time for this bird to fly away home.