BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhuanet) By Li Xing -- China's
Ministry of Health on Wednesday announced another human case of bird flu,
bringing the country's death toll from the disease to six.
The infected was a 35-year-old woman poultry butcher
surnamed Wei from Zhoujiaxiang Village of Jianyang City, southwest China's
Sichuan Province, said a report released by the ministry.
|Medical staff members measure the locals' temperature in Jianyang, a city of southwest China's Sichuan Province, Jan. 16, 2006. (Xinhua photo)|
Wei showed symptoms on Jan. 3 and was hospitalized on
Jan. 10 with fever and pneumonia. She died on Jan. 11.
Investigation showed that from Dec. 25, 2005 to Jan.
5, 2006, eight households living in the same courtyard with Wei had found some
of their poultry sick and dead.
The ministry did not say if there was an outbreak of
bird flu at Wei's village.
Wei's samples tested H5N1 positive by the Sichuan
provincial center for disease control and prevention (CDC) on Jan. 12.
Later, China's CDC re-tested her samples and also got
positive results. H5N1 virus was isolated from her samples as well, said the
She has been confirmed to be infected with bird flu
in accordance with the standards of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the
Chinese government, it said.
Those having close contact with the new victim have
been put under medical observation by local health authorities. So far, no
abnormal symptoms have been reported.
This is the ninth human case and the sixth fatality
of bird flu reported in China.
|A medical staff member disinfects a car in Jianyang, a city of southwest China's Sichuan Province, Jan. 18, 2006.|
Early Wednesday, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced
that the Chinese government will donate 10 million U.S. dollars to support the
global fight against bird flu.
Wen made the pledge at the International Pledging
Conference on Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza.
Over 1.8 billion U.S. dollars of donation were
collected for reinforcing global efforts in bird flu prevention and control at
the conference on Wednesday, which was co-sponsored by the Chinese government,
the European Commission and the World Bank.
Nearly 700 delegates representing more than 100
countries and regions and 20 international organizations attended the