Iraqi girl dies from avian influenza

An Iraqi girl who died earlier this month in Kurdistan was a victim of the deadly H5N1, an Iraqi health minister said today. Reporters were told that Shanjin Abdel Qader, aged 14, had contracted H5N1, despite initial reports from a World Health Organization laboratory in Amman saying test results were negative.

“We are calling on Iraqis not to panic or listen to rumors, but at the same time to inform us if they suspect anything,” the health minister said. “Since the first cases were reported in Turkey we have been taking all necessary measures to deal with any possible influenza.” he said.

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