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November 03, 2005

Catching H5N1 "from the environment"

From The Nation, a Thai news source: Avian Flu: Victim "didn't have contact" with birds. This is in connection with Thailand's 20th confirmed cases of H5N1.

The woman who became the latest confirmed case of human bird-flu contracted the H5N1 virus from "the environment" rather than from infected birds, the Public Health Ministry said yesterday.

Dr Thawat Suntharachan, director-general of the ministry's Disease Control Department, said the 50-year-old woman was confirmed on Monday as the twentieth case of bird flu in Thailand since 2003. He said the victim was the eighth person to contract the virus without touching a dead chicken.

The seven previous cases were reported last year.

Posted by dymaxion at November 3, 2005 12:45 PM

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