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Friday, February 10, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

From Reuters:

BAKU (Reuters) – Avian flu spread to a new country with Azerbaijan saying on Friday the lethal H5N1 strain had been found in wild birds floating dead on the Caspian Sea.

China and Indonesia reported two more human deaths from the virus, discovered earlier this week in Nigeria after what a senior United Nations official called a devastating spread from southern Asia over the past seven months.

Health experts are trying to warn people of the danger of a virus that is contracted through direct contact with infected birds. But episodes in countries as far apart as Nigeria in West Africa and Iraq showed the struggle they face.

Nigerian poultry farm workers used their bare hands to throw dead chickens onto fires as village children stood by to watch in an area where H5N1 flu virus was found earlier this week.

In the southern Iraqi city of Amara, which is investigating a human death that may have been caused by bird flu, children played among the dead fowl.

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