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Humans Undergo Tests, Observation in India After Bird Flu Discovery


Government officials in India say several people are being tested for bird flu in the region where the country's first outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain in poultry has been discovered.

Four of the people are being kept for observation in a hospital in the western state of Maharashtra.

The state's minister for animal husbandry says 50,000 birds have died in the past few days at a poultry farm in Nandurbar, north of Bombay.

In Vienna, Austrian officials say the H5N1 virus is spreading in the country with the discovery of a dead swan in the city and other birds in the countryside.

Earlier Saturday, Indonesia's Health Ministry said U.S. health officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the latest bird flu death in Indonesia. Health officials say (C.D.C.) test results verify that a 23-year-old man who died recently was a victim of the deadly strain, the latest victim of more than 90 deaths worldwide.

Also Saturday, Hong Kong officials said a dead magpie was infected with the deadly strain.

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