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2 More Bird Flu Deaths Reported in Indonesia


The World Health Organization has confirmed two more deaths in Indonesia from the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, bringing that country's death toll from the disease to 16, over the past two years.

The organization confirmed at least one other person infected with the virus, which raises Indonesia's total confirmed cases since 2005 to 22.

WHO officials say they remain on alert for any signs that the virus has mutated into one that can spread from human to human. They note that the appearance of human cases in Turkey signals that the dangerous H5N1 strain of bird flu has moved farther west.

WHO officials also say Iraq will receive thousands of doses of the anti-viral drug Tamiflu in case of an outbreak. Experts have confirmed a girl in Iraq died of bird flu last month.

Bird flu has killed more than 86 people since 2003.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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