A 59-year-old farmer has died of bird flu in north-eastern Thailand. The man died on 10 August near the Lao border, according to Kumnuan Ungchusak, a senior health ministry official.
He was believed to have been in contact with sick chickens shortly before he became ill. Thailand is one of the countries hardest hit by the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, recording 17 fatalities since 2004.
Bird Flu Pandemic is a Global problem
Globally, more than 130 people have died of bird flu since late 2003. Most have been in East Asia, with Indonesia registering more human deaths than any other nation.
At the moment, the virus is essentially confined to birds and remains hard for people to catch. This could chance and if it does the bird flu will spread quickly killing millions of people worldwide.
But there is a fear that it could mutate to a form which is easily passed from human to human, triggering a pandemic and potentially putting millions of people’s lives at risk.