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WHO Experts in Indonesia, Local Officials Confirm Suspected Bird Flu Case


World Health Organization officials visiting poultry markets in Indonesia say the agency is working on ways to block the spread of the virus.

Alexander von Hildebrand, the WHO's Southeast Asia regional adviser, says the organization is focusing on the need to improve hygiene at markets to reduce exposure to the virus.

Also Wednesday, Indonesian health officials say local tests have confirmed that a chicken seller in Jakarta has been diagnosed with the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus. The man has been admitted to a Jakarta hospital.

Meanwhile, health workers from refugee camps and migrant communities on Burma's border are to meet Friday with local officials and donors in Thailand to prepare for possible bird flu outbreaks.

The workshop is being sponsored by local health officials in Thailand and three international agencies, including the World Health Organization, the International Organization for Migration, and the United Nations Children's Fund.

Bird flu has killed around 80 people in East Asia and Turkey since 2003.

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

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