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N China province ends emergency response to human bird flu

2009-01-25 03:06:26 GMT2009-01-25 11:06:26 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A Chinese man holds his fighting cockeral on a street in the city of Kaili in China's southwest Guizhou province. North China's Shanxi Province on Sunday ended the emergency response to human bird flu, a week after a two-year-old girl was confirmed to be infected with the virus. [Agencies]

TAIYUAN, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- North China's Shanxi Province on Sunday ended the emergency response to human bird flu, a week after a two-year-old girl was confirmed to be infected with the virus.

All the 67 people who had close contact with the girl surnamed Peng have been discharged from medical observation as of Saturday night. No one was found to be infected, said a senior official of the provincial health department.

Peng was out of danger Friday after her vital signs remained stable for six consecutive days.

Peng fell ill on Jan. 7 in central Hunan Province. She was taken to Shanxi by her grandparents on Jan. 11 and was confirmed to be infected with avian influenza on Jan. 17.

Accordingly, Shanxi launched the emergency response. There has been no report of human or animal infections of bird flu since then.

China has reported four human deaths from bird flu so far this year. The first death was a 19-year-old woman in Beijing on Jan. 5, followed by a 27-year-old woman in Shandong on Jan. 17, a 16-year-old boy in Hunan on Jan. 20, and a 31-year-old woman in Xinjiang on Jan. 23.

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