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Bird Flu Deaths Multiply in Asia

posted on October 1, 2004

Vietnam confirmed a new bird flu death this week, brining Asia's human toll to 30 from the potentially deadly avian virus.

Meanwhile, Thailand announced regret over its flawed efforts to control the epidemic after reporting its first likely case of the virus jumping from one person to another.

The latest reported death was a 14-month-old baby in Hanoi, who became Vietnam's 20th victim. He was sickened with bird flu's typical symptoms of fever and coughing on Aug. 28 and died Sept. 5, a Vietnamese Health Ministry official said.

That announcement came a day after Thailand raised concern among health experts by reporting its first case of probable human-to-human transmission of the virus  a 26-year-old woman who became the country's 10th confirmed fatality.

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