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China Announces Seventh Human Bird Flu Death


Reports from China say a woman in southwestern Sichuan province has died of bird flu.

China's Health Ministry confirmed Monday that the 29-year-old woman was the seventh person to succumb to the deadly H5N1 form of the bird flu virus.

Indonesian health officials said Wednesday local tests have confirmed that a chicken seller in Jakarta has the deadly strain of the virus.

World Health Organization officials in Indonesia say they are focusing on the need to improve hygiene at markets to reduce exposure to the disease.

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

Bird flu has killed at least 81 people in East Asia and Turkey since 2003.

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

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