Brussels man in hospital on bird flu infection fears
8 March 2006, BRUSSELS — A Brussels man has been admitted to a city hospital with a possible H5N1 bird flu infection.
8 March 2006
BRUSSELS — A Brussels man has been admitted to a city hospital with a possible H5N1 bird flu infection.
The man was admitted to the Saint Pieters Hospital in Brussels on 6 March with flu-like symptoms.
He had returned to Belgium from a trip to China on 5 March, news agency Belga reported on Wednesday.
"This is a possible infection of bird flu," Health Minister Rudy Demotte said in the federal Parliament's health commission.
A spokesman with the government's inter-ministerial influenza commission was quick, however, to reassure the public.
"It is important to say that it is a possible case [of bird flu] and not a probable case," spokesman Piet Vanthemschen said.
The Brussels man visited while in China rural areas, markets and companies.
He was admitted to the Brussels hospital on Monday afternoon with flu-like symptoms, such as high fever and headaches.
Minister Demotte said tests are still being carried out to determine whether the man is infected with the dangerous H5N1 variant of the avian bird flu virus or another other flu virus.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news