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Thailand Confirms 20th Case of Bird Flu

Health officials in Thailand say they have confirmed that a woman outside Bangkok is the 20th person in the country to contract bird flu since it hit Thailand two years ago.

Officials say the 50-year-old woman was hospitalized with the deadly H5N1 flu virus on Saturday after cleaning up chicken excrement.

Elsewhere, Vietnamese officials are calling for more international assistance to help fight avian influenza. They made the appeal at a meeting of health and disaster officials from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Brisbane, Australia.

Meanwhile, health officials from African nations are meeting in Kigali, Rwanda Monday to discuss ways of dealing with migratory birds that may carry the virus to the continent.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.