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Indonesia, China Report Human Bird Flu Deaths


China and Indonesia are reporting new human deaths from the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.

China's Health Ministry confirmed Friday, that a 20-year-old woman in central Hunan province died February 4. She is China's eighth fatality from the virus.

Indonesian officials confirmed Friday that a woman there died from bird flu and that a second woman suspected of having the virus is in critical condition at a Jakarta hospital. Indonesia has reported 17 deaths from bird flu.

Elsewhere, health officials in Hong Kong Friday confirmed that two more dead birds there tested positive for the avian flu.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization said it is sending a team of experts to Nigeria to help deal with the first reported cases of bird flu in Africa. Nigeria has confirmed outbreaks of the virus in four poultry farms.

Bird flu has killed nearly 90 people in southeast Asia, China and Turkey since 2003.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.
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