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. Andreas Moser

    Still, many more birds die through the hands of humans.

    December 31, 2011 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. observation

    Experts fear H5N1 hold the potential to trigger a pandemic because of its ability to mutate rapidly. However, up until recently it has remained very much a disease of birds. Those humans who have been infected were, without exception, working closely with birds, and cases of human-to-human transmission are extremely rare – there is no suggestion that H5N1 has gained the ability to pass easily from person to person...

    December 31, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass©

      @observation
      The article writes the victim was a bus driver with no contact with birds.

      December 31, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    SAVE ALL BIRDS and SAVE ALL BEDBUGS!

    December 31, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. DR.RUFFNUTT

    this should be a leson for all, bird lovin is wrong..
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    if you must make love to a bird.. wipe your thingy off after you done and wash your hands...

    December 31, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. observation

    The experts also say that the emergence of a high-virulence form of H5N1 that is highly transmissable among humans seems nearly inevitable, and would cause a devastating pandemic. Let's hope he had chickens on that bus.

    December 31, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. DR.RUFFNUTT

    china needs a good bird flu outbreak... maybe the zombie outbreak will start there...
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    chineese zombies.. i hope they can't be trained to make stuff for walmart..

    December 31, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. Pidgeon

    Avian flu, boyyyee! *cough*

    December 31, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    BEST DR. RUFFNUTT POST EVER:
    8:28 AM
    "...love a bird...wipe your thingy off..."

    December 31, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I am writing a new S. Lewis-type manuscript, SILENT BEDBUGS, to be punished under the name D.D. Ty.

    December 31, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mr. Ducky™

    It won't spread...they'll get a vaccine for it...

    December 31, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mr. Ducky™

    Ruffie:
    *I* don't, but maybe the troll should quit smoking duck poles for a while...

    December 31, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. DR.RUFFNUTT

    the troll is rather annoying..
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    i bet the troll is homebound and lonely...
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    maybe some bird-lovin will get him outta the house..

    December 31, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ruffnutt

    Lol trolly...

    December 31, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    @Dr. Ruffie:

    I think birds have higher standards.

    December 31, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. hamsta

    Why dont they occupy china since they hate america so much they want to burn my flag?i take that as a threat to national security and feel the perpetrator should be deported.

    December 31, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
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