The health minister in the regional government, Muhammad Khashnov, said Tijan Abdel-Qader died on arrival at the hospital on 17 January after falling ill on 2 January in her home town of Raniya, which lies close to the Turkish and Iranian borders.
An Iraqi Health Ministry spokesman confirmed the suspected case and a senior central government health official in Baghdad confirmed that a team has been dispatched to investigate.
Click on the map for a closer view of the areas within RFE/RL's broadcast region where cases of diseased fowl have been confirmed. Last updated on February 20.
BIRD FLU, or avian influenza, continues to menace scattered areas from East Asia, where the disease first appeared, to Southeastern and Eastern Europe and beyond. Authorities around the world are bracing themselves -- and, more importantly, planning and taking measures to fight the disease wherever it appears.
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