|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.