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Indonesia: WHO Confirms 35th Bird Flu Death


Indonesia's Health Ministry says the World Health Organization has confirmed another bird flu death in the country, raising its death toll to 35.

An Indonesian health official, I Nyoman Kandun, said Saturday a WHO laboratory found the H5N1 virus in samples from a 39-year-old man who died in Jakarta earlier this month.

Earlier Saturday, the WHO said a 10-year-old Indonesian girl who died during the week was infected with bird flu. The girl's 18-year-old brother also died, but WHO tests have not yet confirmed that he also had the virus.

On Wednesday, the WHO confirmed the deaths of seven members of an Indonesian family from bird flu, calling it the most significant development yet in the spread of the virus, and raising concerns it could have been spread among the family members. However, scientists stressed there are no signs of a more widespread human-to-human transmission of bird flu.

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

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