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Vietnam family bird flu-free

2nd January 2007

Vietnamese health officials have said that a family suspected of having bird flu after eating sick chickens has not contracted the H5N1 virus.

The four people from the southern province of Ca Mau, where thousands of ducks and chickens were slaughtered in an outbreak last month, had tested negative for the virus, they said.

There have been no human infections confirmed since the emergence of the H5N1 virus outbreak, the first in Vietnam since August.

But officials say the risk of further outbreaks elsewhere in the country is still high, due to wild bird migration and poultry smuggling.

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