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Monday, January 2, 2012

Bird Flu death man 'caught virus after jogging in park' in China

Article via The Telegraph. Not too sure how credible is the source of infection as stated in the article :

" A jogger who died from Bird Flu may have caught the deadly virus after running through a wetlands park full of migratory flocks, medical officials in China claimed on Sunday.

The 39-year-old Chinese man, identified only by his family name, Chen, died of multiple organ failure on Saturday – a week after being admitted to hospital with pneumonia in the southern industrial city of Shenzhen, located just across the boarder from Hong Kong.

"We discovered he had taken five days' leave before he fell sick. He went jogging every morning in an area where there are many migratory birds," said Chinese Health Ministry official He Jianfeng.
The medical team are now probing whether Mr Chen, a bus driver, contracted the deadly H5N1 avian flu strain from the wintering wild flocks or via their droppings during his regular morning jogs through the Waterlands Resort wetland park.
He had had no direct contact with poultry – the source of most bird-to-human contagion – and had not travelled in the past month, Mr He said.
Mr Chen is the first fatal case of the H5N1 virus in China in 18 months."

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