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3:50 p.m.: The WHO confirmed 12 of the 21 human cases of H5N1 in Turkey, including the four fatalities. See the WHO statement on the Turkey cases and tally of human cases world-wide.
6 a.m.: The Middle East appeared to have its first case of bird flu after Iraqi and U.N. health officials said a 15-year-old girl who died earlier this month in northern Iraq was a victim of the H5N1 strain of bird flu. “Today we started a campaign to kill birds in three towns — Ranya, Dukan and Qaladaza. We formed committees to do so,” said Kurdistan Health Minister Mohammed Khoshnow. The WHO has requested samples before it confirms the girl’s death was H5N1-related. More. Plus, read the WHO statement on the Iraq case.