China has suffered its second bird flu death in a month, the health ministry said.
The ministry said a patient died in Guizhou province in the south-west after being taken to hospital on January 6. Hong Kong radio RTHK, citing local authorities, said the patient was a 39-year-old man who said he had no contact with poultry.
A bus driver in the city of Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, died December 31 of bird flu in China's first fatal case in 18 months.
Last week, Vietnam reported its first bird flu fatality in nearly two years. In Cambodia, a two-year-old boy died last week.