BEIJING, Feb. 2 -- A 21-year-old woman was confirmed infected with bird flu in central China's Hunan Province, the provincial health bureau said Saturday.
The farmer, surnamed Shu, fell ill on Jan. 23 in Xupu County, and was hospitalized at the county's People's Hospital on Jan. 26.
The woman, who tested positive for the H5N1 strain of bird flu, was transferred to a hospital in Changsha, the provincial capital.
Soundbite: Xiang Ya Hospital, Leader of the hospital's bird flu treatment team, Zhao shuangping After careful treatment, the patient has seen a modest recovery. She is breathing regularly and her body temperature is normal. Her blood pressure, heart rate and blood oxygen levels have all stabilized.
She seems very positive and is eating well. In our opinion, the patient's condition has improved under the treatment and she has a great chance of full recovery.
An investigation discovered that Shu had been in contact with poultry that had died from disease before becoming sick herself.
The Health Ministry said it had reported the case to the World Health Organization and informed health authorities of China's Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.
Soundbite: Deputy Director of Hunan Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Li Junhua Until now, we have been keeping a close watch on everyone who had contact with the patient.
So far, no new outbreak has been discovered. Right now, due to our procedures and the help of the media, social order has been maintained. A patient from Guizhou Province was diagnosed with bird flu in Huaihua, Hunan on Jan. 19 and died one day later.
China has reported five deaths from bird flu this year.
According to the WHO, China has reported a total of 38 bird flu cases since 2003, with 25 deaths. Reports of human cases of bird flu in China peaked in 2006 with 13 cases and 8 deaths.
Xinhua News Agency correspondents reporting from Changsha.