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Three Chinese people have bird flu virus infection
After two cases were confirmed - a woman who died and a boy who recovered - dozens of Chinese farmers and villagers who came in contact with them have shown no signs of the disease and have been released from medical observation, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

In the eastern province of Anhui, 22 farmers who had close contact with the 24 year old woman `were all OK`, Wu Fuqing, an Anhui official, was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

In Hunan province in central China, `no abnormal signs` were detected in 152 villagers who came in contact with the 9 year old boy or his 12 year
old sister, who died with the same symptoms, Xinhua said.

She is considered a suspected case only because her body was cremated and there weren`t
adequate samples for confirmatory testing.

In addition, 908 people who came down with fever are recovering, said Ai Ronggui, deputy director of the health bureau in Xiangtan, the county where the outbreak occurred. Xinhua did not describe the type of medical observation the people were under.

China has reported 13 outbreaks of bird flu in poultry since 19 Oct 2005.

Experts had warned that human cases were inevitable if the government could not stop repeated epidemics among birds.

At least 67 people in Asia have died since 2003, when the virulent H5N1 strain of bird flu became
entrenched in poultry populations.




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