Special report: Global fight against bird flu
BEIJING, June 21 -- The 98 people who had close contact
with Shenzhen City's first confirmed human bird flu patient were released after
seven days of medical observation Tuesday.
None of the 98 had shown bird flu symptoms, said the
municipal center for disease control and prevention (CDC) at a press conference
on the same day.
"We have observed 98 people in Luohu and Longgang
districts, including the patient's family, colleagues, friends and medical staff
from the Shenzhen People's Hospital," said Jiang Lijuan, a spokeswoman of the
"All the 98 people had body contact with the bird flu
patient after he showed symptoms and didn't have any protection during the
However, the CDC said a citywide second-level
precautionary emergency system against bird flu, announced by authorities last
week, was still in operation.
On June 11, a 31-year-old truck driver in Longgang
District, known only by his surnamed Jiang, tested positive for H5N1 virus
nucleic acid and was listed as a suspected human bird flu case by the CDC. He
was later confirmed to be infected with bird flu by the Ministry of Health.
The CDC said Jiang had tested negative for H5N1 virus
nucleic acid Saturday and is recovering from the disease.
(Source: Shenzhen Daily)