Bird Flu Spreads Into Iraq

Bird Flu has moved into Raniya, a town in northern Iraq which is located near the Turkey border. Turkey has seen multiple cases recently with four deaths. The BBC reports that a teenage girl died of bird flu in Iraq and that 54-year-old woman has a serious suspected case.
A 54-year-old woman from the town of Raniya is thought to be the most serious of the suspected cases.

Iraqi officials say a teenage girl died of the strain two weeks ago.

Shanjin Abdel Qader died in a hospital in the nearby city of Sulaimaniya on 17 January, after an illness lasting 15 days.

Initial test results from a WHO laboratory were negative, but after Iraqi tests showed indications of H5N1 the organisation agreed to a further examination in a UK laboratory.
12 people total are suspected of having bird flu. The BBC also reported that WHO is sending a team of experts to the region.

Posted on February 1, 2006

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