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Flipino dies of possible avian flu in Philippines

Flipino dies of possible avian flu in Philippines

Taipei, Feb. 23 (CNA) A Flipino who worked in China for six years has died from possible avian flu in the Philippines, health officials in the Southeast Asian country said Monday. The 52-year-old patient died five days after returning to the Philippines Feb. 9, according to Janette Garin, acting health secretary of the Philippines' Department of Health. The Philippines accounts for a large proportion of the foreign workers in Taiwan. The patient showed symptoms associated with avian flu, including cough, fever and stomach pains, Garin said. He was first suspected of being a possible case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV), according to the department. The case was then reclassified as a form of bird flu after his work history was checked, which showed he had been exposed to live poultry in China. The actual cause of death, however, remained uncertain because his body was cremated soon after death, out of fear the disease might spread, the department said. The Philippines reiterated that the country is free from avian flu, as the patient was not infected there. (By Emerson Lim and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-26 17:02 GMT+08:00