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February 20, 2006

Thai boy dies of H5N1

No matter how prepared you think you are, you're never prepared enough. I wasn't prepared for this story on Xinhuanet: Bird flu kills Thai boy.

A 5-year-old boy in Thai Nakhon Nayok province outside Bangkok has died of bird flu, becoming the 14th Thai victim of avian influenza, local media reported Saturday.

News of the death of the youngster came as a shock. Thailand has been largely free of bird flu in the past two months, since a small outbreak killed a man last October, the Bangkok Post said on its web edition.

The boy died in hospital on Wednesday, Thai Deputy Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakula was quoted as saying. He was not known to have had direct contact with chickens, but investigations are continuing.

The death brings the Asian death toll from H5N1 avian flu to 70.

Posted by dymaxion at February 20, 2006 04:40 PM

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