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7-year-old China boy dies of flu, pneumonia

A seven-year-old boy in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province died of seasonal influenza and severe pneumonia yesterday, local health authorities confirmed today.

The A/H1N1 strain was found in the flu viruses infected the first grader at Yingjun Primary School in Suihua City, a provincial health bureau official said.

But it was not yet known if the A/H1N1 flu was the main cause for the boy's death.

The A/H1N1 flu has earlier caused two deaths in the country -- an 18-year-old woman in Tibet who died on Oct. 4, and a 43-year-old woman who died on Oct. 16 in Tibet's neighboring province of Qinghai.

The bronchial asthma patient was admitted to the Suihua No. 1 Hospital at about 8:30 a.m. Friday in the wake of asthma attacks on Thursday.

He died at about 6 pm yesterday after all emergency efforts failed, including anti-inflammatory treatment and intake of antiviral drug Tamiflu.

The boy died of mixed, but mainly bacterial infections, the unnamed official said, citing diagnosis from doctors.

Further details were not immediately known.


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