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Indonesian Officials Announce Bird Flu Death


Health officials in Indonesia say local tests show an Indonesian man who died last week was infected with the bird flu virus.

Authorities say the man was in frequent contact with poultry. The World Health Organization confirmed Sunday that two women who died in Indonesia last week had contracted the H5N1 virus that has killed almost 90 people worldwide since 2003.

Elsewhere, Iranian officials say laboratory tests have confirmed bird flu has killed 135 swans on the Caspian Sea coast. If international tests confirm the birds died of the H5N1 strain of the virus, it will be its first appearance in Iran.

In Vienna, Austrian officials say the deadly virus has been confirmed in two dead swans found near the southern city of Graz. Croatian officials also believe the virus killed at least eight swans found in recent days in the Zagreb area.

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