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WHO Confirms Burma's First Human Case of Bird Flu


The World Health Organization has confirmed Burma's first human case of bird flu.

Based on information provided by the Burmese Ministry of Health, the WHO identified the victim as a seven-year-old girl from eastern Shan State.

Officials say she developed symptoms of the disease last month in an area where there had been an outbreak of the H5N1 virus in poultry. The girl survived the disease.

Seven countries in East Asia have reported human cases of the potentially deadly H5N1 virus. The two with the greatest number of cases are Indonesia and Vietnam.

More than 200 people in 13 countries have died from the disease since 2003.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.

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