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Cablegate: Avian Influenza Update: One Death Reported in Guangxi

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R 220825Z FEB 08
FM AMCONSUL GUANGZHOU
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UNCLAS GUANGZHOU 000113

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STATE FOR EAP/CM, AIAG, OES/IHA, MED
STATE PASS TO USAID FOR ANE AND GH
CDC FOR OGHA, DIV-FLU, CCID
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR OSD/ISA/AP
HHS PASS TO FIC/NIH
USDA PASS TO APHIS, FAS (OSTA AND OCRA), FSIS
BANGKOK FOR RMO, CDC, USAID
BEIJING FOR HHS HEALTH ATTACHE AND RMO
PHNOM PENH FOR CDC INFLUENZA COORDINATOR
VIENTIANE FOR CDC INFLUENZA COORDINATOR

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TAGS: TBIO KFLU EAGR CASC AMED AMGT PINR CH
SUBJECT: Avian Influenza Update: One Death Reported in Guangxi
Autonomous Region

REF: A. Beijing 0585; B. Guangzhou 0043; C. 2007 Guangzhou 1279; D.
Guangzhou 0047; E. 2007 Guangzhou 1075; F. 2007 Guangzhou 1070

1. (U) A Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region man has died of avian
influenza (AI), according to the Health Ministry. The Ministry said
the patient was a 41-year-old unemployed man (surnamed Liang) from
Xi Xiang Tang District in Nanning, the capital city of Guangxi.
Liang developed symptoms on February 12, was admitted to a hospital
for treatment on February 14 and died on February 20.

2. (U) On February 20, laboratory tests performed by Guangxi Centre
for Disease Control and Prevention yielded positive results for
H5N1. China CDC subsequently conducted its own test and confirmed
the Guangxi results on February 21. According to press reports,
China's Ministry of Health has notified WHO, authorities in Hong
Kong, Macao and Taiwan, as well as some foreign governments about
the case. This is the second confirmed human case of AI in China
this year (ref A).

3. (SBU) Epidemiologists concluded that the patient had come into
contact with sick or dead poultry. Those who came into close
contact with the patient are currently under medical observation,
but have shown no abnormal symptoms so far. Dr. Chen Jie, Deputy
Director of Guangxi Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told
Congenoff that the government has not begun to cull poultry because
this case appears to be an isolated one and authorities have not
detected large-scale poultry deaths in Guangxi.

GOLDBERG

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