- SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A woman has died of what could be bird flu in the
eastern Chinese city of Shanghai, state television said on Thursday.
- The patient, a 29-year-old female migrant
worker, died on Tuesday of a pneumonia of unconfirmed origin, an official
at the Shanghai municipality information office told Reuters.
- The case is under investigation for bird
flu, Shanghai Television said. China has recorded 15 confirmed cases of
bird flu in humans since late last year, 10 of whom have died.
- Doctors and nurses who tended the patient
were under quarantine, said a source at the hospital, adding it was awaiting
final test results.
- "It's a suspected case, but not
confirmed," the source told Reuters. The Ministry of Health declined
immediate comment. The World Health Organisation said it was investigating.
- "We are verifying this rumour at
the moment. We are still treating this as a rumour since there is no confirmation
yet," said Aphaluck Bhatiasevi, WHO spokeswoman in Beijing.
- Epidemiologists fear that bird flu could
trigger a pandemic if it mutates to a form which can be transmitted from
human to human.