» 10/31/2005, 00.00
THAILAND - ASIA
Thai woman tests positive for bird flu
After three lab tests showed positive results, official confirms infection. Vietnamese Vice Minister of Agriculture "Borders and airports could of course be shut down in the last phase of a pandemic".
Bangkok (AsiaNews/Agencies) A 50-year-old Thai woman has tested positive for bird flu, senior health officials said on Monday, making her the 20th person to have caught the deadly disease since it hit the country 2 years ago.
"A 50-year-old woman is confirmed to have bird flu after all three lab tests showed positive results", Paijit Warachit, head of the Department of Medical Science told. "Her condition is improving and I believe she will be well soon" Paijit said.
Meanwhile, ministers attending an Asia-Pacific conference on avian flu said on Monday border closures were an option in the event of a pandemic, but said this was only a remote possibility. "Borders and airports could of course be shut down in the last phase of a pandemic," said Vietnamese Vice Minister of Agriculture Bui Ba Bong.. "But that is not the situation we are facing at the moment."
APEC countries discuss measures to tackle possible bird flu pandemic
Proposals mooted at the meeting under way in Vietnam include: greater exchange of information and faster procedures for the entry of WHO teams in areas of new outbreaks.
Indonesia, China, Vietnam: new bird flu victims
There has been a death in Jakarta, a new case of human infection in Anhui and outbreaks of infection in southern Vietnam. Governments are not managing to stem the lethal virus.
Suspected new cases of bird flu in humans in China and Thailand
No official confirmation has been forthcoming. International discussions over countermeasures and antiviral drugs continue. Concern is mounting over the danger that the virus might spread to Africa.
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Bird flu reaches Pakistan
There are new outbreaks of infection in Malaysia and a third suspected case of human infection in Egypt.
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