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    Chinese Man Dies from Bird Flu

    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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    Could 2012 start with a bird-flu panic? A man in China has died from the H5N1 avian-flu virus, two weeks after two dead birds tested positive in Hong Kong. The man was a 39-year-old bus driver in Shenzhen. He developed symptoms in December 21 and died Saturday from multiple organ failure; it appears that he never had contact with poultry or left Shenzhen. Reuters says that 120 people who have had contact with him have developed no signs of the virus, which rarely infects humans but is very deadly when it does.

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