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H5N1 Bird Flu Cluster in Iran Confirmed
May 22, 2006
Tests in Iran on the bodies of a 41-year-old man and his 26-year-old sister showed they had the lethal H5N1 strain of bird flu, an Iranian medical official who requested anonymity told Reuters on Monday.
He said serum samples would be sent abroad for further
The above comments confirm a familial H5N1 bird flu cluster in Iran. These are the first human cases reported in Iran. At least two additional patients are hospitalized with symptoms, and one is in critical condition.
The disease onset dates would be useful as would any relationship between the two fatal cases and the two hospitalized patients.
The geographical relationship of the cases in Iran with earlier clusters in Azerbaijan and Turkey are also cause for concern as is the potential role of S227N..