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February 13, 2006

The latest human infections

Late on Friday China confirmed its eighth H5N1 casualty. The victim was a 20 year old woman from the Hunan province. She was a chicken farmer. (Source)

In perhaps the most worrisome news of the weekend the Saturday Wall Street Journal news tracker claims "Nigerian officials suspect the country may have its first human case of H5N1." Reuters has a similar story:

"There are a few suspected cases ... We're trying to locate them but our sources can't provide us with addresses for now," said Abdulsalam Nasidi, who is in charge of the response to bird flu as a threat to humans at the federal Health Ministry.

He said epidemiologists were searching for two people feared to have contracted bird flu in the northern state of Kaduna, close to Sambawa Farms where one of the poultry samples was found that tested positive for H5N1.

Samples have already been taken from people who are ill in the areas affected by bird flu. Should tests in Nigerian laboratories indicate the presence of bird flu, the samples would be sent abroad for further testing, Nasidi said.

Finally, on Sunday Indonesia confirmed earlier suspicions that two women who passed away earlier this week were infected with the H5N1 virus.

Posted by dymaxion at February 13, 2006 12:37 PM

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