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Bird flu killing 70 per cent of victims, doctor says
Hanoi -- Up to 70 per cent of people who contracted avian flu in the Asian outbreak died of the virus, about twice the level of the 1997 outbreak in Hong Kong, a doctor from the territory said yesterday.
"The data suggest it is in the range of 60 to 70 per cent, so we are quite shocked by this," said David Hui, a specialist who arrived in Vietnam yesterday to join the World Health Organization's effort to contain the outbreak.
WHO Confirms No Human-To-Human Bird Flu Infection
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The World Health Organization confirmed on Wednesday that new genetic tests showed no evidence a deadly bird flu that has killed 14 people was passing from person to person.
It said DNA tests on a 23-year-old Vietnamese woman who died of the H5N1 poultry influenza virus showed no evidence she caught it from her sister, who also died.
WHO originally reported the results last week but then recalled them, saying they had in fact tested a different woman.