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2006-01-31-Twelve More Suspected Bird Flu Cases In Iraq

Understanding Avian Influenza

2006-01-31-Twelve More Suspected Bird Flu Cases In Iraq


Twelve more people are suspected of being infected with the H5N1 bird flu strain in Northern Iraq, say authorities there. The affected area is Kurdistan, near the Turkish border.

Authorities are starting to cull poultry and birds in the area. They say they have so far killed over half a million birds - about half of all farm birds in areas north of Sulaimaniya by Lake Dukan, and in Raniya.

Kurdish Deputy Prime Minister, Imad Ahmed said the total number of humans suspected of being infected with bird flu (H5N1) now stands at twelve.

A girl of 15 and her uncle died a few days ago in northern Iraq - it was confirmed they both died as a result of infection of the H5N1 bird flu virus strain. A 54 year old woman is critically ill in hospital with probably bird flu.

Iraq is now the seventh country to report human cases of bird flu since 2003 - the first country was Viet Nam.

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