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China Confirms Eighth Bird Flu Patient


China's health ministry has confirmed the country's eighth human infection of bird flu.

The official Xinhua news agency reports officials said a six-year-old boy in central Hunan province first showed symptoms of the disease on December 24 and is now being treated for the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus.

Also today, Indonesia's Health Ministry says initial medical tests indicate a 39-year-old man died of suspected bird flu earlier this month.

A ministry official says the man had been in contact with sick poultry.

If the World Health Organization laboratory confirms the man had the H5N1 strain of bird flu, it will raise Indonesia's death toll from the virus to 12.

Bird flu is known to have killed more than 70 people in Asia since 2003.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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