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Eighth Human Bird Flu Death Confirmed in Indonesia


Indonesian officials say the World Health Organization has confirmed the country's eighth human death from bird flu.

The officials said Saturday, tests conducted at a laboratory in Hong Kong show that a 25-year-old woman who died earlier this week had the H5N1 strain of the virus.

Meanwhile, officials in Ukraine have reported the country's first outbreak of bird flu in poultry. The Agriculture Ministry says the virus was detected in Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, but it is not known yet if the virus is the strain that is dangerous to humans.

Bird flu has killed nearly 70 people in Asia since 2003, and has also spread among poultry flocks in many European countries.

Health experts fear the virus could mutate into a form that could be easily transmitted between humans and kill millions of people.

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