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Man with bird flu dies in Shenzhen

(Shanghai Daily)

14:14, January 01, 2012

A man died in hospital yesterday after being infected with the H5N1 virus in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, local authorities said.

The 39-year-old man surnamed Chen, a bus driver, died of multiple organ failures at 1pm, the Guangdong Department of Health said in a statement.

Another 120 people who had contact with Chen have not reported any symptoms, the department said.

Chen was hospitalized with a fever on December 21 and tested positive for the virus in Bao'an District of Shenzhen, the department said.

The department also said that during the month prior to his fever, he had no direct contact with poultry and had not traveled out of the city.

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine suspended supplies of live poultry to Hong Kong on December 22 after a dead chicken tested positive in Hong Kong for the H5N1 virus.

The discovery of the infected bird prompted Hong Kong's health authorities to raise the city's response level for bird flu from "alert" to "serious" and to cull more than 17,000 chickens at a poultry market where the infected carcass was found.

Avian influenza is a contagious disease caused by viruses that normally infect birds and, less commonly, pigs. It can be fatal to humans.

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