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China reports 6th human bird flu case

BEIJING -- A man in the southwestern Chinese province of Guizhou has been infected with bird flu and is in a critical condition in hospital, the Health Ministry said on Sunday.

It is the sixth human case of bird flu to be reported in China this year. The Chinese Health Ministry said on its website (www.moh.gov.cn) the latest victim was a 29-year-old man surnamed Zhou who fell sick on Jan. 15. In recent weeks four people have died of bird flu in China.

“Epidemiological tests show that the patient previously had exposure to live poultry markets,” the ministry said in a brief statement.

But nobody with whom he had been in close contact had shown signs of illness, it added.

Even before the latest case, Chinese health officials had been urging extra vigilance this month, when the winter weather was suspected of having helped the virus spread.

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