A 12-year-old girl died suffering flu-like symptoms in a village in central China where the mainland's third outbreak of bird flu in a week has been confirmed, the South China Morning Post said on Thursday.
He Yin and her 10-year-old brother fell ill about a week ago after eating a sick chicken that had died, the Post said, quoting their father, He Tieguang.
"We had dead chickens before and nobody has ever got sick because of that. So I thought it's okay," her father was quoted as saying.
So far there was no evidence linking her death to the outbreak of bird flu in the village in Hunan province and none of the adults in her family had shown any flu symptoms, the paper said. Doctors told her family she had died from fever.
The newspaper did not say when the girl died.
China has said the Hunan outbreak had been brought under control.
Farmers in the village of Wantang said many birds suddenly died about 10 days ago, the newspaper said.
Follow up: Chinese authorities now say the girl died of pneumonia, not bird flu.