(1231 CR M04)MAN "CONTRACTS BIRD FLU" IN S CHINADATELINE: Dec. 31, 2011LENGTH: 00:01
:02FILE VOA 39-year-old bus driver is suspected of being infected with the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus in the southern city of Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong.According to local authorities on Friday, the man was hospitalized for a fever on Dec. 21 and tested positive for the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The man is still in critical condition and is receiving emergency treatment. During the previous month prior to his fever, he had no direct contact with poultry and had not traveled out of the city. The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said on Dec. 22 to suspend supplies of live poultry to Hong Kong after a dead chicken was tested positive in Hong Kong for the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus. The AQSIQ said it would maintain close contact and work together with the Hong Kong to jointly step up measures in controlling the epidemic.
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