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China Reports Suspected Human Bird Flu Case in Guangdong Province


Chinese health officials are reporting a suspected case of avian flu in a man hospitalized in critical condition in Guangdong province.

The Hong Kong Department of Health reports Tuesday that the 31-year-old patient is being treated at a hospital in Shenzhen near Hong Kong. They say he developed fever and pneumonia June 3.

The health officials say the man reportedly had visited a local market in Shenzhen where live chickens were sold. Officials in Hong Kong are urging the public to take health precautions and to watch for bird flu symtoms. There is a good deal of travel between the city and Guangdong province.

Bird flu has killed more than 125 people around the world since late 2003. Most of the victims have been in Asia.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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