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A/H1N1 strain in flu that killed boy

A BOY aged seven has died of seasonal influenza and severe pneumonia in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, local health authorities confirmed yesterday.

The A/H1N1 strain was found in flu viruses infecting 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 of the boy's death.

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

The boy, a bronchial asthma sufferer was admitted to the Suihua No. 1 Hospital about 8:30am on Friday in the wake of asthma attacks on Thursday.

He died about 6pm on Friday after all emergency efforts failed, including anti-inflammatory treatment and doses of the 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.

In another case, a 72-year-old man, the first severe A/H1N1 influenza patient in Beijing, died of chronic illnesses early Friday morning even after the flu was cured.

Xie Baoling was admitted to the Beijing Ditan Hospital on October 4 and was diagnosed as the first severe H1N1 flu case in Beijing, hospital head Mao Yu said yesterday.

His flu was cured on October 21, Mao said. The man also suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, respiratory failure, and severe hypertension.

The Chinese mainland reported 2,024 confirmed cases of the A/H1N1 flu in the 48 hours up to 3pm Friday, bringing the total number to 33,064, the Ministry of Health said.

So far, 26,588 patients have recovered. Fourteen of the 44 patients in serious conditions have been cured, the ministry said.


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