Man dies of bird flu - Thailand's first human case in seven months
A man has died of bird flu
in Thailand, the world's fourth-largest poultry exporter. This announcement
followed the news that Thailand's eight-month bird flu-free status ended with a
fresh outbreak of H5NI virus in the northern province of Phichit on 24
The man who died was from Phetchabun province, about 350 kilometers north of
Bangkok, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra told reporters in Bangkok. Part of
the province has been declared a "red zone'' - the highest level of H5N1 alert,
Thailand's health ministry had 18 human bird
cases, including two in Phichit, under surveillance as of July 20, the
Bureau of General Communicable Diseases said on its Web site. Six other cases
were from Suphanburi, five from Phetchabun, two from Sukhothai, and one each
from Sakaew, Uthaithani and Ayutthaya, it said.
The virus was first
reported in Thai poultry in January 2004 and killed 14 people in the Southeast
Asian nation over the following 23 months.
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