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    Fears grow over bird flu outbreak


    The European Union has joined Japan in banning imports of Thai poultry amid growing international alarm over the spread of bird flu.

    Thailand has confirmed its first two cases of avian flu in humans, and a Thai man tested for the virus has died.

    Bird flu has affected poultry in Japan, Taiwan, South Korea - and also Vietnam, where it has killed five people.

    The World Health Organisation warned that the latest outbreak could mutate and become more dangerous to humans.

    Bird flu has been ravaging Asian flocks, but has so far only jumped from birds to humans in a handful of cases.