Chinese man died three years ago of avian flu, not SARSBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7557.7 (Published 29 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:7
- Jane Parry
- Hong Kong
Chinese scientists have said that a man who died of suspected severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in November 2003 in fact died of the H5N1 strain of avian flu. The information came to light in a letter published on 22 June in the New England Journal of Medicine (2006;354: 2731-2).
The letter is the first documented evidence that H5N1 bird flu was circulating in China long before the authorities there confirmed the first human case in the country in 2005. Furthermore, the case it describes precedes the fatal cases of H5N1 bird flu in humans in Vietnam and Thailand. The information in the letter is …