A 10-year-old boy died due to the H1N1 strain of bird flu, and over 60 other children were infected with the disease, at a school last week in the Guangxi autonomous region in southern China, possibly due to a cheap consignment of live chickens sold in the local village 10 days earlier. These infections occurred in the midst of ongoing nationwide concern about the H7N9 strain of bird flu.
On Friday state media reported the outbreak at the Dingsan Elementary School in Laibin City. The one student had died the previous day, while five others were hospitalized in critical condition.
Local health authorities said 64 people, mostly school-age children, in the villages of Dingsan and nearby Eshan had similar symptoms such as fever, according to a report by Sina News.