Suspected Bird Flu In 14 Year
Old Boy In Azerbaijan

From Patricia Doyle, PhD

(Reuters) -- Health authorities in Azerbaijan are treating a 14-year-old boy for suspected bird flu, the Health Ministry said on Thu 25 Jan 2007. The boy's sister was one of 5 people who died last year [2006] in an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in the former Soviet republic between Turkey and Russia, the Ministry said. "It is too early to speak of an exact diagnosis. The boy's blood sample has been sent for analysis to a laboratory in London and is also being analyzed in Baku," said a Health Ministry official who did not want to be named. The boy is being treated in a respiratory illness institute in the capital, Baku. The previous outbreak began last spring [2006].
The boy now in hospital is from the southern region of Salyan, which was one of 2 centers of last year's (2006) outbreak. WHO experts traced the infection then to local people plucking migratory birds to use their feathers. It said the outbreak was contained, and since April last year [2006], there have been no confirmed cases in Azerbaijan.
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Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD
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Univ of West Indies
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