December 31st, 2011
06:38 AM ET

Report: Chinese man dies of bird flu

A 39-year-old man in southern China died Saturday from what appears to be a contagious strain of avian flu, state media reported Saturday.

The man - identified by Xinhua as a bus driver with the surname Chen - was hospitalized in Shenzhen on December 21 as he battled a fever. He tested positive for the H5N1 avian influenza virus, the provincial health department said in a statement, according to the official news agency.

The man had not traveled out of the city of Shenzhen, nor did he have direct contact with poultry in the month before he came down with the fever, according to the department.

Shenzhen borders Hong Kong, where more than 17,000 chickens were ordered culled on the same day that Chen was hospitalized. That decision came after a chicken carcass tested positive for avian flu.

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  1. gung hoe

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!Hope this message finds everybody safe and sound and not sitting in some jail cell somewhere or even worse

    January 1, 2012 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ hamsta, 10:47:
    Joseph geobelles?
    Did you mean Josef Göbbels (Goebbels)?
    I'm impressed that you made the association with press.

    January 1, 2012 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hugh Jass©

    .Are the trolls gone?

    January 1, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. DR.RUFFNUTT

    this is probally a goverment consperosy to contaimnat chicken... then send it to the ghetto...
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    next the strawberry soda will be tainted..

    January 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brigadier Crawypaws

    I'll drink to that!!! Burp...Burp ... excuse me! LOL ;)

    January 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ** cosmicVox *

    A man is DEAD from a very nasty contagious flu. Laugh it Up.

    January 1, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
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