BEIJING, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) — A 21-year-old female farmer was confirmed infected with bird flu in central China’s Hunan Province, said the provincial health bureau on Saturday.

The farmer, surnamed Shu, fell ill on Jan. 23 in Xupu County of the province and was hospitalized at the county’s People’s Hospital on Jan. 26, said a statement from the bureau.

Shu was transferred to a hospital in Changsha, capital of the province, on Thursday. So far she has been in a stable condition and become better.

According to the test result on Friday from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the farmer tested positive for the H5N1 strain of avian influenza. 2009-01-31 20:05:39