Laos confirms first human bird flu case

HANOI, Vietnam, AP

Health officials in Laos have confirmed the country’s first human bird flu case, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, as the virus continues to spread in Asia and beyond.

A 15-year-old girl living outside the capital, Vientiane, fell ill on Feb. 10 with flu-like symptoms, WHO and the Lao Ministry of Health said in a joint statement. Days earlier, the H5N1 bird flu virus was confirmed in poultry in the same area, they said.

The girl was hospitalized in Vientiane and later transferred to Thailand, where she remains in stable condition, they said. Lab results came back positive for the virus on Saturday.