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Iraqi man dies of bird flu in Baghdad

Iraq Bird FluAn Iraqi man died from the suspected deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in Baghdad, while another member of his family has been admitted for tests on bird flu suspicions, a spokeswoman of the committee to fight bird flu set up by the Iraqi government said.

The member of the family has been admitted to a hospital in Kamaliya neighbhourhood of east Baghdad, the spokeswoman said, adding that samples of the two have been sent to Cairo for further analysis.

Earlier this year Iraq confirmed deaths of two people from the avian flu in the northern Kurdistan region of Iraq, of which one was a teenage girl and the other her uncle.

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