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Child Becomes 3rd Bird Flu Victim in Eastern Turkey


Health officials in Turkey say a third child of the same family has died of bird flu in the eastern Turkish city of Van.

Doctors say the 11-year-old girl, Hulya Kocyigit died Friday. Her 14-year-old brother died Sunday, and her 15-year-old sister died Thursday.

Health officials say that some 25 people in Turkey - mostly children - are being treated for possible bird flu.

The World Health Organization is investigating the outbreak - the first one among humans outside east Asia. A spokeswoman in Geneva says there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission, but said the development foreshadows a global pandemic.

Authorities in neighboring Azerbaijan are testing dead birds in the southern part of the country for signs of bird flu.

Meanwhile, Indonesia says it has budgeted $940 million to fight bird flu over the next two years.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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