Mosul (IraqiNews.com) An Islamic State member held in custody has succumbed to death after being infected with bird flu in Mosul, a medical source from Nineveh province said on Tuesday.
“An IS militant died after being infected with bird flu,” the source told AlSumaria News, marking it as “the first case recorded in Mosul hospitals.”
The medical staff, according to the source, who preferred anonymity, “evacuated al-Shifaa hospital and vaccinated the patients at the hospital.”
Earlier on the day, medical sources were quoted as saying that al-Salam Educational Hospital in the eastern side of Mosul recorded three deaths with the disease, while the fourth case was recorded at al-Shifa Hospital in the western region of the city. Medical workers raised alert in the city, especially with drugs needed to counter the disease short of demand. He warned that the situation makes more deaths possible.
Last Thursday, Iraqi agriculture minister Falah Hassan declared that a poultry farm caught the infection in Babil province, days after another infection focus in Diyala province was brought under control.
Last Monday, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health confirmed the reporting about Diyala, saying that the infection killed 7250 out of 43000 birds.