A 29-year-old man who contracted bird flu last month in southwest China's Guizhou Province is in stable condition, doctors said Monday.
The patient surnamed Zhou was hospitalized for fever on Jan. 15and was confirmed to be infected with bird flu on Jan. 24. After 18 days of treatment, he was now in stable condition, said Sun Zhaolin, head of Guizhou Provincial People's Hospital.
Zhou bought and killed a duck before falling ill. The hospital started emergency treatment and quarantined the patient even before he tested positive for the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, Sun said.
"The hospital treated him under the guidance of experts from the Ministry of Health. Zhou is now out of danger and is not infectious. We are continuing to observe the patient."
If I were China's minister of health, I'd make sure Mr. Zhou and all other H5N1 survivors were tracked for the rest of their lives. We can't assume that surviving the infection leaves one unchanged.