Lebanese boy tests negative for bird flu

A 6-year-old Lebanese boy suspected of having &to=http://english.pravda.ru/main/18/90/360/14372_birdflu.html' target=_blank>bird flu was released from the hospital Saturday after tests showed he was not infected with the disease, his doctor said.

Mohammed Bilal Taleb was transferred from his home in northern Lebanon to a state hospital in Beirut on Thursday suffering a high fever.

"We have carried out all necessary tests on Taleb. He tested negative for the bird flu virus," Dr. Pierre Abi Hanna, who treated the boy at Beirut State Hospital, told The Associated Press.

He said Taleb was released Saturday after he recovered from the fever. "The high fever was caused by a common seasonal flu," Abi Hanna said.