China reports first human bird flu death in almost a year

01/7/2009 | Reuters

China today issued a bird flu alert after a 19-year-old woman died after contracting the H5N1 virus -- the first human death in the country since February 2008. Chinese health officials have started disinfecting the poultry markets in Hebei province, where the girl reportedly was exposed to the virus, and are stepping up efforts to monitor the transmission of the virus in humans.

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