India's LARGEST EVER political poll. Have you participated yet?
  • search

WHO rules out bird flu in Sudanese man

By Staff
Subscribe to Oneindia News

GENEVA, Apr 20 (Reuters) A Sudanese man suspected of having bird flu has now tested negative for the virus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said today.

Sudanese health officials reported on Tuesday that the man had bird flu, according to local test results.

But a team of WHO experts sent immediately to the country with a mobile laboratory tested the man's sample and found no trace of the virus, WHO spokeswoman Maria Cheng said.

''The sample came back negative,'' she told Reuters in Geneva.

The man, a poultry farmer, remains hospitalised in Khartoum in stable condition, she added. It was not immediately clear what illness he actually was suffering from.

''There are no other suspect cases. There aren't any other people under observation,'' Cheng said.

Sudanese officials had said the man and five chickens had proved positive for bird flu but did not say if the virus was the deadly H5N1 strain.

The infected chickens were found at two farms in Sudan's Khartoum and Jazeera provinces. The man owned one of the farms.

The H5N1 strain of bird flu has been found in neighbouring Egypt, where national health authorities have reported four deaths among 12 cases. To date, the WHO has confirmed two human deaths among four cases in Egypt.

Worldwide, the WHO has confirmed 110 deaths among 196 cases of bird flu since 2003.

REUTERS SHB RS1456

For Breaking News from Oneindia
Get instant news updates throughout the day.

X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more