Death toll mounts in avian flu outbreak

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:243
  1. Jane Parry
  1. Hong Kong

    The death toll from H5N1 avian influenza in Asia rose to eight earlier this week, as the BMJ went to press. By Tuesday, six people had died in Vietnam and two in Thailand. All but one of those who died were children, and all had had direct contact with infected poultry.

    The disease in poultry is spreading across Asia, with Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Laos announcing outbreaks in addition to Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam. The …

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