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    Posted: March 07 2006 at 6:03am

HONG KONG: China's latest human death from bird flu is causing alarm in Hong Kong because it is the first in a Chinese urban area and the victim probably caught the virus from supposedly healthy poultry, the city's health minister said on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old man fell ill after visiting a live poultry market several times to conduct research in southern Guangdong province, which borders Hong Kong. He died last Thursday, the ninth person to die of bird flu in China.

"He is an urban resident; he had no contact with farms or any poultry from the villages. His only exposure is the wet markets, which has poultry which are supposedly safe for consumption and safe for the public," Hong Kong's health minister, York Chow, said.

Guangdong, which has immunised all its poultry, has not reported any outbreaks of the H5N1 avian flu virus in birds over the past year, and the man's death has heightened fears among experts that there might be poultry that are infected by the virus but which are not sickened by it.

The Government had tested more than 100 people who had been in contact with the man, but none was found to be infected, Guangdong's governor, Huang Huahua, said in Beijing.

Hong Kong has banned imports of live chickens and pet birds from Guangdong.

http://smh.com.au/news/world/hong-kong-bans-bird-imports-aft er-flu-death/2006/03/08/1141701517802.html

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As I have been saying, these vaccination programs are leading to the development of super strain viruses.  The idiotic Chinese use attenuated viruses to boost the immune systems of the ducks and chickens so that they can fight off infection.  Sadly, that still leaves the birds capable of carrying the virus even if they are not very sick from it.

I believe it was an Indian vaccination program in that country that led to the birth of infant Sichuan Sheet.  In the first quarter of last year as the wild birds were gradually flying north from winter homes in warm southern India there were outbreaks of meningitis throughout northern India and Nepal.  As the birds traveled north, the meningitis outbreak traveled north.

A few weeks later we started hearing of this horrible outbreak at Qinghai Lakes in China and all hell broke loose in that country. Dead pigs, cows, horses, birds, fish, people, dogs, cats and everything else was seen by June.
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this is bad,exctremely bad news, we dont have any signal ............bad.bad news
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It certainly looks like both birds and cats can be 'silent' vectors of avian influenza.

God only knows how many mutations this virus will undergo.
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Update - See my separate post about Austrian officials confirming that cats carried H5N1, but were not themselves ill!

This is very bad news!!!

If animals are carriers, but show no symtoms, how can we detect this before it's too late!!!

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Maybe it is already around the globe and is a ticking time bomb waiting to go off...
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it is too late
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The survival of the virus depends on it not killing the host, this is its design. Once its host is dead it can no longer multiply and mutate in that host so it has failed. H5N1 has done remarkably well to date considering how lethal it is to its hosts. or is it that it has been being spread silently by another mammal all this time that does not show symptons e.g. a cat 

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