Tuesday, January 20, 2009

China H5N1 Cases in the News

A quick update on the most recent human cases of avian influenza in China:

Courtesy of the World Health Organization and CrofsBlog.

Shanxi Province- A 2-year old girl (surname Peng) was hospitalized after developing persistent influenza symptoms on January 7th. Laboratory tests have confirmed infection with H5N1, but health officials remain unaware of the source of her infection. The toddler is currently in critical condition.

Hunan Province- A 16-year old boy (surname Wu) who had been infected with H5N1, died early Tuesday morning on January 20th. Wu developed influenza symptoms on January 8th after contact with dead poultry and was hospitalized January 16th.

Shandong Province: A 27-year old female died of H5N1 infection on January 17th. She was hospitalized after developing symptoms around January 5th. Health officials do not know if she had contact with poultry and are currently investigating the possible sources of her infection.

For more information, please see:
World Health Organization http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_01_19/en/
CrofsBlog http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/

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