BEIJING, April 18 (Xinhua) -- A 21-year-old man in
central China's Hubei Province has been infected with H5N1 bird flu and is now
in a critical condition, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.
The man, surnamed Lai, is a migrant worker in Wuhan,
capital city of Hubei. He showed symptoms of fever and pneumonia on April 1 and
was hospitalized, said a report released by the ministry.
The patient has been confirmed to be infected with
bird flu in accordance with the standards of the World Health Organization (WHO)
and the Chinese official standards, the ministry said.
Those who have had close contact with Lai have been
put under medical observation by local health authorities. So far, no abnormal
symptoms have been reported.
The ministry has reported the new case to the WHO and
the regions of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, as well as several other countries.
The case brings the total number of human cases of
bird flu in China to 17, which have resulted in 11 deaths. Enditem