More China Deaths Fuel Bird Flu Fears

Two more people have died in China from the H5N1 strain of bird flu, taking the global toll to 78 and prompting the World Health Organisation, WHO, to call for stepped-up measures to face a possible pandemic.

More China Deaths Fuel Bird Flu Fears
The latest two deaths in China - a 10-year-old girl in the south and a 35-year-old man in the east- followed confirmation by WHO of two bird flu fatalities in Turkey. The Chinese girl, surnamed Tang, had been sick with a fever and pneumonia since 23 November and underwent emergency treatment, according to the state media. She died on 16 December.
 
The man, a self-employed vendor, developed the same symptoms on 4 December, the state media said. Identified only by his surname, Guo, he had been recovering in the hospital. He died on 30 December.
Scientists fear H5N1 could mutate into a form that can spread easily between people, leading to a pandemic. "To put it mildly, it's a serious problem everywhere, not just in China," said Roy Wadia, the WHO's spokesman in Beijing. 

Chinese outbreaks
  
The death toll from bird flu in China now stands at five. China's health ministry had previously announced that two women died in eastern Anhui province and another in southeast Fujian province.
   
Chinese and foreign health officials have said that China's size and lack of resources mean that not every bird or even human case of bird flu is properly identified, making fighting the disease that much harder. 

Nations across the globe are on
alert over the bird flu scare  

China, meanwhile, has confirmed a fresh outbreak of bird flu among quail on a farm in the poor, southwestern province of Guizhou, the Agriculture Ministry said, bringing the total number of poultry outbreaks to more than 30 since the start of 2005 in China.
   
The outbreak early this month killed 16,000 quail near Guizhou's capital of Guiyang. They were later confirmed to have the H5N1 strain of the virus, and another 42,000 birds were culled to prevent its spread.
   
"After the outbreak happened, the Agriculture Ministry immediately sent an expert group to lead the prevention and control work," the ministry report said.
   
The outbreak has been brought under control, the report added.

Source: AL Jazeera

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