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Indonesia Reports Human Death from Bird Flu


Indonesian health officials say local tests confirm that a one-year-old girl who died recently was infected with the H5N1 strain of bird flu.

If confirmed by the World Health Organization, her death would bring to 23 the number of people in Indonesia who have died from the virus.

Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, authorities say a dead falcon has tested positive for the H5N1 strain. Officials there have confirmed several cases of H5N1 in birds this year.

In Burma, state-run media say authorities have slaughtered more than 76,000 chickens and quails since the country's first outbreak was reported this month.

Elsewhere, China confirmed that a 29-year-old woman in Shanghai died of bird flu.

The deadly form of bird flu has killed more than 100 people since 2003, mostly in East Asia.

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

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