Man dies of bird flu in China

Man dies of bird flu in ChinaBeijing, Jan 23 - A 39-year-old man in China's southwestern province of Guizhou died Sunday from the bird flu virus H5N1, the health ministry said.

The man felt unwell Jan 6. He was taken to hospital in the provincial town of Guiyang Jan 19 after his health condition deteriorated. Despite intensive therapy, the man died, reported RIA Novosti.

The man's death is the second case of lethal outcome from the H5N1 virus in China since December. The bird flu virus was confirmed by laboratory tests.

Medics have examined 71 residents who had contact with the bird flu victim but have not found any symptoms of the virus.

Although there have been no incidences of human-to-human infection, experts fear the virus may mutate into a form that could be easily transmitted from person to person, causing a global pandemic.

A total of 331 people across the world have died of the H5N1 virus since it was detected in 2003. (IANS)