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China Reports New Bird Flu Outbreak


Chinese officials are reporting a new outbreak of bird flu in poultry - this time in northern China.

China's agriculture ministry said Friday that a state lab has confirmed that more than 200 birds died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in Inner Mongolia. More than 16,000 birds have been culled in an effort to contain the outbreak.

Earlier Friday, Indonesia said it has received permission from Swiss drug giant Roche to locally produce Tamiflu, the drug thought to be most effective in treating bird flu in humans.

Roche also announced that it would provide Taiwan with an additional 1.3 million treatments of Tamiflu. The company said it made the decision after determining that local companies could not produce the drug more rapidly or at a lower cost.

Nearly 70 people have died of bird flu in Asia since 2003.

Some information for this story provided by AP and Reuters.

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