|March 12, 2004,
just-food.com: Thai officials corroborate claims
that a new case of avian flu has been diagnosed. This
discovery negates recent claims by officials that the
country was free of the virus.
A laboratory test confirmed the case in a poultry sample
in the northern province of Chiang Rai, reported the
Chicago Tribune. This was confirmed by deputy agriculture
minister Newin Chidchob.
The news calls into question Thailand’s declaration
on Monday that it was free of bird flu. The World Health
Organization had previously called on countries affected
by the virus not to issue premature declarations that
they had eradicated the disease.