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February 06, 2006

Seven suspected human cases in Iraq

"Apart from the girl who died there are seven suspected cases of bird flu and we have taken their blood samples and sent them to Cairo for further investigation," Naeema al-Gasseer, the WHO representative in Iraq, told reporters on Monday.

"We suspect these seven are cases of H5N1 virus," Gasseer said, referring to the deadly strain of avian influenza, adding that the seven people are undergoing treatment.

Source. All cases are in Sulaimaniya, where there are reports of H5N1 in the local poultry.

Posted by dymaxion at February 6, 2006 11:12 PM

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