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Wednesday, November 16, 2005 

Human H5N1 cases confirmed in China

China confirms three human cases of bird flu
China reported its first three confirmed human cases of bird flu Wednesday as the government raced to vaccinate billions of chickens, ducks and other poultry in a massive effort to stop the spread of the virus.

The World Health Organization said two of those cases were fatal.

The Health Ministry confirmed two human cases in the central province of Hunan and one in the eastern province of Anhui, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Both areas reported outbreaks in poultry in the past month.

The fatalities were a 12-year-old girl in Hunan and a 24-year-old female poultry worker in Anhui, said Roy Wadia, a WHO spokesman in Beijing.

Not too shocking, considering the large poultry outbreaks that had been seen there. In the meantime, China is planning to vaccinate billions of birds against H5N1, in an effort to reduce both bird and human cases.

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