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Chinese man dies of H5N1 bird flu

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A man in China's eastern province of Jiangsu has died from the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, state media says.

China's Xinhua news agency said the man, named only as Mr Lu, died after being admitted to hospital on 27 November with severe chills and fever.

It said he had no known contact with dead poultry, and no outbreaks of bird flu were reported nearby.

A total of 17 people have died in China from the H5N1 virus and millions of birds have been culled.

As a precaution, 69 people with close contacts to Mr Lu were put under medical observation, Xinhua said.

Since the H5N1 virus emerged in South East Asia in late 2003, it has claimed some 200 lives around the world. Indonesia has been hardest hit, with more than 90 deaths.

Scientists fear the virus could mutate to a form which could be easily passed from human to human, triggering a pandemic and potentially putting millions of lives at risk.


AIDS Activists Say U.S. Delays Infection Data Release

Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Annual U.S. HIV infections may be as much as 50 percent more numerous than the government has estimated since 2001, say AIDS activists who complain health officials aren't releasing new figures in a timely manner.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an e-mailed statement yesterday it anticipates releasing the final results no sooner than early 2008. AIDS advocates and researchers said they've been waiting two years for the figures, which are needed to set spending priorities.

The new estimate, based on 2005 data, may be as high as 60,000 annual infections, compared with the 2001 estimate of about 40,000, said Walt Senterfitt, a former CDC adviser. The estimate is based on new technical and statistical methods, and any changes in those methods during the review process may alter the final figures, said Kevin Fenton, director of CDC's national AIDS center, in the statement.

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