China confirms human bird flu case in 2003

(Aug 08, 2006) China confirmed on Tuesday that the country's first human case of the H5N1 bird flu virus in 2003 was two years earlier than originally reported, prompting the UN's health agency to call for greater transparency.

The case had spurred questions about whether there might have been other human H5N1 infections in China prior to what had been its first reported human case, near the end of 2005.

Eight Chinese researchers published a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine in June saying a 24-year-old soldier, who was admitted to hospital in November 2003 for respiratory distress and pneumonia and later died, had been infected with H5N1. (from


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