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Laos Confirms First Human Bird Flu Death


Laos has confirmed its first human death from bird flu.

The Health Ministry said Thursday that a 15-year-old girl who fell sick last month with the H5N1 virus died Wednesday in a medical facility in neighboring Thailand.

A 42-year-old Lao woman is suspected to have died of bird flu last week, but tests have not confirmed whether she was carrying H5N1.

Meanwhile, South Korea has confirmed its seventh bird flu outbreak since November.

Officials say the virus has infected poultry at a farm in Chonan, about 90 kilometers south of the capital, Seoul.

South Korea has already conducted a mass culling campaign in an effort to control the spread of the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus.

Bird flu generally only infects poultry, but in some cases, it has sickened humans and has killed 167 people worldwide.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters and AP

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