BEIJING - A 16-year-old boy reportedly infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus has died in central China, the country's third fatality from the disease this month.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday that the student, who surname was Wu, died in Hunan province. It did not give any other details. In a report Monday, Xinhua said Wu fell ill on Jan. 8 in his hometown in the southwestern province of Guizhou and was transferred to a hospital in Hunan on Jan. 16, when his condition worsened.

He had had contact with poultry, the report said without giving other details.

Two other people believe sickened with the virus have died this month. One was a 27-year-old woman in Shandong province in the country's east and the other was a 19-year-old woman who died in Beijing on Jan. 5.