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Baby born to woman critically ill with bird flu

A woman who is in a critical condition in hospital after being diagnosed with H5N6 bird flu last month gave birth to a healthy baby girl by caesarean section, the Xinhua news agency reported yesterday.

The 40-year-old, surnamed He, was 35 weeks’ pregnant when she was taken to the Zhaoqing No. 1 People’s Hospital in south China’s Guangdong Province on December 28 after suffering from coughing and fever for six days.

The baby was delivered the following day, and was given a clean bill of health, hospital officials were quoted as saying.

Since December 2014, four cases of H5N6 infection have been reported in Guangdong, more than any in other province in the country.

The latest was reported on Thursday, and involved a 25-year-old man who was taken to hospital in the city of Shenzhen, while on December 28, a 26-year-old woman died from the disease.

The world’s first human H5N6 infection was reported in May 2014 in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

Meanwhile, authorities in Ningbo, a city in east China’s Zhejiang Province, yesterday confirmed two human cases of H7N9 bird flu.

Both patients, one of whom is in a critical condition, are from the city’s Yinzhou District, the Health and Family Planning Commission said. It did not reveal any further information.


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