SHENYANG, Dec. 10 (Xinhuanet) -- China's fifth
patient contracted with human bird flu, a woman surnamed Liu from the
northeastern Liaoning Province, was back at hospital Saturday for a thorough
This is her first checkup after Liu was discharged
from hospital on Nov. 29.
The No. 1 Hospital affiliated to the China Medical
University in the provincial capital Shenyang conducted a CT (computerized
tomography) test and collected Liu's blood samples for a comprehensive test of
her immune system, including a chlamydial antibody test.
The results of the tests will be available on Monday,
so Liu said she will spend the weekends in Shenyang.
Liu, wearing a red down-padded coat, was accompanied
by her husband Guo Jiujun, three-year-old daughter and Wang Dong, a
localgovernment official from her hometown in Heishan County.
"She couldn't have recovered without the timely and
effective treatment," said Guo, who repeatedly thanked the doctors and nurses.
Liu, 31, was a chicken farmer in Fangshan town in
Heishan County, which was hit by the H5N1 strain of highly pathogenic birdflu on
Nov. 3. The town was declared free from the epidemic on December 1.
Liu got feverish on Oct. 30 with 38 degrees Celsius
of body temperature. Then her condition worsened on Nov. 3, with more flu-like
symptoms including coughs and shortness of breath. She suffered from respiratory
exhaustion on Nov. 7, about one week after falling sick.
With prompt, successful treatment, Liu was discharged
as healthy from hospital on Nov. 29, after no flu symptoms had been detected for
14 consecutive days.
Back home, the village doctor took her temperature
twice a day, each time normal.
"We feel her immunity has enhanced and a relapse of
the disease is unlikely," said Prof. Wang Qiuyue of the hospital's respiratory
Liu, who had been much sought after by the media over
the past month, told Xinhua in an exclusive interview Friday she felt well, and
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