Man Dies of Bird Flu in China

    Workers place dead chickens into plastic bags after they were killed at a live chicken distribution centre in Hong Kong on December 21, 2011.  Hong Kong culled 17,000 chickens and suspended live poulty imports for 21 days after three birds tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu virus.   AFP PHOTO / AARON TAM (Photo credit should read aaron tam/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The Chinese bus driver who was diagnosed with bird flu has died. He was China's first case of bird flu in more than a year. Several chickens in Hong Kong tested positive for the virus, prompting authorities to cull 17,000 birds and ban the sale and import of live chickens for three weeks. But the recent victim had not been in contact with chickens, nor traveled recently. Bird flu is extremely deadly—killing up to 60 percent of humans infected—but so far only travels from birds to humans, not between humans. The U.S. government recently asked scientists to censor research that showed a way to make the virus spread between people.

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