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February 22, 2006

Malaysia, India await test results in suspected human cases

Seven Malaysians living near an area with bird flu were being treated in hospital on Wednesday, while India anxiously waited to see if a group of 12 in quarantine were the country's first human victims of the virus.

The seven, including five children aged between 2 and 12, all had respiratory problems and test results would be available within a day, Malaysia's health minister said. India is hoping results of its tests might come later on Wednesday.

Alarm is growing at the sudden resurgence of the H5N1 virus as it spreads rapidly across Europe, into Africa and now India, where hundreds of millions of people live in rural areas side-by-side with livestock and domestic fowl.


Posted by dymaxion at February 22, 2006 01:03 PM

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