According to the World Health Organization, the Ministry of Health in China has reported the country's 10th death from H5N1 avian influenza.



The patient, a 9-year-old girl from the eastern province of Zhejiang, developed symptoms on Feb. 10 and died on March 6. This case was previously announced by Chinese authorities on Feb. 27, when the patient was listed as in critical condition.



To date, China has reported 15 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. Of these, 10 have been fatal.



Also today, the WHO released cumulative totals for human cases of and deaths from avian influenza since 2003. There have been a total of 175 laboratory-confirmed human cases of the disease, with 96 of those resulting in death.



The seven countries with confirmed cases and deaths are Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Iraq, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam. Nearly 44 percent of the deaths (42 of 96) have occurred in Vietnam.



SOURCE: World Health Organization.