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6 February 2006 -- An official from the World Health Organization (WHO) said today Iraqi Kurdistan has seven suspected human cases of bird flu.
Naeema al-Gasseer, the WHO representative in Iraq, said blood samples from seven people suspected of carrying the deadly H5N1 virus have been sent to Cairo for analysis.
A 15-year-old girl from Kurdistan died in January of the H5N1 virus, which in the past three years has killed more than 80 people, mostly in Asia.
An eight-member team of WHO experts arrived on 5 February in Irbil, the main city of the Kurdistan region, to assess the situation.