Two test positive for bird flu H5N1 virus in China, health ministry reports


Ducks are transported on a pickup truck at a market in Phnom Penh on February 8, 2013.



Two people in Guiyang, southwest China, had tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus and were critically ill, the Chinese health ministry said via state media.

Xinhua reported that a woman, 21, and man, 31, tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus on Sunday after developing symptoms on February 2 and February 3 respectively.

Via Xinhua, the ministry said:

"They are in critical condition and medical workers are carrying out emergency treatment. No epidemiological connections have been found between the two cases."

Meanwhile, Cambodia recorded its fifth bird flu death of 2013, after a 5-year-old girl died.

The girl had reportedly been in contact with poultry.

And bird flu was confirmed at a poultry farm in Kathmandu on Sunday, according to the Himalayan Times.

The Department of Livestock Service had been culling chickens and destroying poultry feed, the paper said.

Reportedly it was the eighth incident of bird flu in the Kathmandu Valley.

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