New bird flu figures

Nov 29 (Reuters) - A 35-year-old woman died in Indonesia from H5N1 avian influenza on Tuesday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed on Wednesday.

The virus has killed 154 people since 2003, according to WHO. Some 200 million birds have died or been culled.

Following is a list of confirmed human cases of H5N1 from WHO in Geneva. Total cases include survivors.

Deaths /Total cases:

AZERBAIJAN 5 /8 CAMBODIA 6/ 6 CHINA 14 /21 DJIBOUTI 0 /1 EGYPT 7 /15 INDONESIA 57 /74 IRAQ 2/ 3 THAILAND 17 /25 TURKEY 4 /12 VIETNAM 42/ 93 TOTAL 154 /258

Initial testing usually takes a day or two to confirm if someone has H5N1. More detailed testing by government laboratories or those affiliated with the WHO can take a week or more.

The H5N1 virus remains mainly a virus of birds, but experts fear it could change into a form easily transmitted from person to person and sweep the world, killing millions within weeks or months.

So far, most human cases can be traced to direct or indirect contact with infected birds.


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